We have always grown cucumbers in any garden we have had. And we have had many gardens over our 47 years together. We have created gardens in 3 addresses in Panmure, 1 each in Penrose, Titirangi, Stanmore Bay, Pt Chevalier and now in Miranda.
And we have always managed to provide ourselves with cucumbers – long green ones and/or Apple cucumbers.
But we have never had a success like this year.
We have planted two apple cucumbers and one of those has sulked and produced two measly, wimpy and inedible cucumbers. The other one however is an Audrey. It is an Audrey named so after the plant in The Little Shop of Horrors – that ate and ate and grew and grew. Now we haven’t feed any bodies to our Audrey but she is well feed and watered by the fact she is in our asparagus bed.
Our asparagus has been in this bed for 3 years and has done so very badly so we (I) decided that this well nourished raised bed should grow other things this year instead of us waiting anxiously at the bed side for our asparagus to appear.
Don’t get me wrong, we have had a few miserly, miserable thin spears each year but the expected harvest just hasn’t arrived.
So I have replanted the bed with dwarf sunflowers, two tomatoes, six lettuce and six celery plants and one apple cucumber. We think we have gathered about eighty cucumbers so far and there looks like there could be in excess of 200 yet to develop and be gathered.
So we are making raita, cucumber salad, picked cucumber salad and cucumber sandwiches and we have given some away (about 25 so far) and we have 18 in the fridge and I haven’t been out to gather today’s crop as yet.
I will call the cucumber total 80 so far and add to the number as our cucumbers are gathered each day so we can see how many we get by the end of our Audrey’s natural life.