This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

cucumber biology

My cukes have lots of both male and female flowers. Unlike my squash, I think both came out at the same time. In this set of pictures, the females are on the left and the males on the right. There is even a difference between the two from the top of the flower. Center stuctures are different and petals look different. At the bottom, there is a little bee in a male flower. I hope he goes to the female one soon.

garden bees



Blogger California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Your cucumber plants are so green. The leaves on my plants have gone a bit yellow.

July 27, 2006 4:29 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Thanks. I am enjoying the green-ness now. You are alot hotter and further into your growing season than me. Mine will get yellow later on. I think maybe yellow leaves are just a sign of the plant getting older after making alot of cukes. Mine will usually get stem borers eventually and mildew too. They get yellow and brown and drop off, and still make cukes. It must get hard to get nutrients to all the leaves as the vines get long. Your yellow cukes look delicious. Mine are Marketmore.

July 27, 2006 10:12 PM

Anonymous Master's Cottage Gardener said...

Bees, fyi, are female. 'I hope _she_ goes to the female flower soon' would suit better.... :)

October 28, 2009 2:41 PM


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