5 July 2012 Cucumbers First Picking and Processing 5 July 2012 Cucumbers First Picking and Processing
First picking of cucumbers, a quarter bushel or ten pounds were obtained. The cucumbers were made into juice. Annotated pictures depict the process.

23 June 2012. Cucumbers supporting vertically. 23 June 2012. Cucumbers supporting vertically
Finding the training of the cucumber plants along he concrete reinforcing wire to be rather tedious and time consuming, also the cucumber vines at the growing end snap off easily if bent too much, which is easy to do accidentally. I looked for a better way. Having some six foot curved supports purchased in a dollar stores as tomato supports and not using, since they were useless, I brought these out and wrapped the cucumber vines around them with little effort. They appear to be ideal for the task.I found one mature, pristine cucumber which I promptly ate without taking a picture.I noticed bees pollinating the many flowers.

15 May 2012 Cucumber. Planted outdoors, and New seeds started. 15 May 2012 Cucumber. Planted outdoors, and New seeds started
Greenhouse cucumbers were planted outdoors and new seeds started for a later crop. Pictures depict the procedure.

19 April 2012 Cucumber Trellis 19 April 2012 Cucumber Trellis
A trellis was prepared for four hills of cucumbers to be planted about the 20 of May and the soil prepared. Two 4 by 8 concrete reinforcing six inch mesh are supported by fence posts and bound with plastic ties. The bed was mulched to retain any rain moisture. The four pots of cucumbers are in the greenhouse.

13 April 2012 Cross Country Cucumber. 13 April 2012 Cross Country Cucumber.
Experience has indicated that starting cucumbers indoors and planting outdoors about the end of May produces fruit about a month earlier than direct seeding. Four pots (four hills in the garden) of 12 seeds produces about a bushel of cucumbers. Cross Country Hybrid is prolific, nice shape, a good slicing, and pickling cucumber. I use them mostly to make vegetable juice. Four pots of three seeds each were planted. The pot was placed in a plastic bag to keep the humidity high, and will be removed upon germination. A coffee filter in the bottom of the pot stops soil from leaking out of the drain holes and tends to keep the roots contained when planting in the outdoor garden.