Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Harvest in the Shade
Since I decided that goats at WeeHavyn would wait another year, the goat pen sits empty. The bare gate was just too much to see and I had a 16 foot piece of cattle panel that I had cut up for a different project. A little muscle, a few fencing staples, and some 5 gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom have made a lovely cucumber trellis. I believe if I continue the 1"x1" wire all the way to the top of the fence, I can even grow them when the goats join us, since I am getting miniature goats that won't be able to reach over the fencing. As this spot is very well shaded by the Oak, I wasn't sure I would get any fruit at all. However; the determined vines have climbed all the way to the top of the trellis, where I ruthlessly clipped off the growing ends, and is happily beginning to produce. I probably don't get the harvest I would in a sunny space, but the leafy trellis is a beautiful sight and I have fresh crispy cucumbers every day.
These are heirloom Lemon Cucumbers. They are very crisp and never have even a hit of bitterness no matter how old they get, although the seeds get tough when they start to turn really yellow. I can also now recommend them for producing in the shade.