It’s not Christmas in July, it’s cucumbers gone crazy; a cucumber tree! I had to rig up a bamboo tee pee to help hold up a tomato cage full of volunteer red grape tomatoes inside the fence. I set the tee pee up so two sides of it were close to the fence that has black eyed peas growing, so they could climb on it as well. (That actually was good geometry in high school!) I learned last year I would be needing a tee pee inside there cos black eyes are strong and aggressive vines and they did go up 7′ last year. Then I ran garden wire from the fence to the one pole of bamboo to give them wire paths to go on. Then my co-gardener, DIL Eliza suggested running a piece of wire from a small wooden trellis at one corner, up to the top of one of the tee pee poles. Now, cucumbers have gone wild and she suggested another wire from the pole toward the cucumbers, lol, and yes, cucumbers are traveling that path now too.
So the back part of the fenced area is a spider web of garden wire and bamboo poles, but things go crazy here and more so this year since we’ve had such good rain for a while now. An old(er) lady has to be careful negotiating her way around inside there to pick cucumbers or Swiss chard. We’ve eaten a few cucumbers already, and I just picked 2 for Dylan and Eliza this morning. There are lots of flowers on plants growing in 2 places, and something is so different with them this year, cos I’ve never grown cucumbers successfully before. Good rain, good earth, good sunshine.
The black eyed peas are starting to flower. Here’s another blog about these interesting plants, with beans that are soooo good, especially fresh. https://sarasinart.net/2014/07/27/black-eyed-peas-2/ The vines are sturdier than other kinds of beans and get very large before they begin to set flowers. That older blog tells you to beware of wasps and yellow jackets that are attracted to these, cos that is a big problem. But they’ll let you pick beans if you’re careful not to disturb them. I plant these farther away from the house at a place where Dylan seldom walks, cos he’s allergic.
They are benefiting from the tee pee of bamboo and the wires from the fence to the tee pee. They get so heavy that if I allowed them to climb only on the fence, it would mash the fence down. Cucumbers would too, so they get a tee pee that looks like a Christmas tree. Merry Christmas in July to us, with cucumbers and black eyed peas all around. Did I mention that I love my garden? This lot beside my house is where most of the rambling garden is, and the lot actually has a name, and a little sign to say it has a name. It’s called Black Bird Park. Wonderful things happen in the Park.
WOW! It does look like a Christmas tree. Your garden is doing really well this year. 🙂
It is Jackie and I hope people don’t get tired of reading about it. The cucumbers, all of a sudden it hit me it looks like a Christmas tree, and it sure bears gifts and blessings!
Well I can speak for anyone else but I’m far from being tired of these posts! They are interesting and informative and I can’t imagine I’m alone in thinking that. 🙂
Thanks. There will be a lot more……..
You have some well behaved cucumbers if they follow the poles and wires you’ve set up for them. Mine always try and crawl across the ground.
Years ago I tired to grow some and didn’t give them anything to climb on, and they didn’t do much at all. These had to be encouraged to go up at first, the young plants, and shown where to go at first. But once they got a little taller and realized there was somewhere to go UP, they seem very happy to do that. I think it will save any mildewing on the ground and it also makes them easier to contain to a smaller space of ground.
I’m going to try and get my cukes to climb their trellis again this year. Hopefully, I’ll be home part of the week when they begin to vine.
You might have to use wire to bring the first branches up and keep them there, but once they start sending out their twiners, things go pretty quick. Good luck and let me know how they do.
All you need is a few ornaments and it would be ideal as a Christmas tree.
Maybe lights at night……. 🙂
Your garden is awesome! Keep writing!
I will Sam, thanks. There are now tiny buds on the Hopis! And it looks like a crazy person got turned loose down there with bamboo everywhere letting 7′ things grow up. I think this is the best growing season I’ve ever seen since I started to garden. A friend who lives out in the country has her stuff going wild too. I picked 4 cucumbers yesterday and have been getting a couple each day for about a week. Grow on, and I will too.
To continue you the holiday theme, black-eye peas are a traditional New Year’s food so looks like you’re covered!!! 🙂
Well yea, I never thought of that, thanks! And thanks for visiting my blog.