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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 29, 2015 - 8:50 pm

All my cucumber plants are planted into the RAISED BED and down in the BOG CONTAINER GARDEN. The plants in the containers I made 'tee pees' for so they can trellis up the saplings. This way they take up much less space. 

Would you believe that I found cucumber beetles on the plants already.  I am trying a new technique in smushing them. I hold my hand UNDER the leaf they are on. Then they fall into my hand and a SMUSH them.Laugh.  Those darn bugs always cause disease on the leaves.

I am growing Telegraph and Soyu (both Japanese long/thin cukes), Market More 76 and a Pickle Bush. Surprised I have cucumbers on a couple of the bushes already. It really pays to start them early indoors.  I am hoping to pick them in a couple of weeks.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 25, 2015 - 8:30 pm

I am on my third attempt of growing cucumbers.  First plantings were eaten by the cucumber beetle and disease that it probably was spreading. Second planting was eaten the night after I planted the seedlings, by grubs that I found in the pot. Wish me luck, I planted for the third time new seedlings in my west veggie garden and a couple in another container in the bog. Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies.  I usually have so many that I am giving them away to any one who wants them.  Not this year. I hope I have enough to pickle.  I wanted to try 'fermented' pickles this year.  Time will tell.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 8, 2017 - 3:17 pm

I used the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION.  Sprouted in 3 days.  Today I planted the germinated seeds in 5" pots.  Put them in a CLEAR TOTE with a heat mat.  During sunshine days I put the tote of the sunny deck, top on.  Creates a lot of heat.  I do vent it a little.  I  don't want to bake the seed.  At night I bring the tote in the house and plug in the heat mat. 

I am growing Market More and Japanese long cucumber. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 24, 2017 - 6:48 am

I am now harvesting my Market More cucumber.  The plants up in the west raised bed look great and are producing nicely.  I planted succession planting down in the bog garden.  The young plants down in that garden have some kind of disease or fungus on the leaves.  It is very wet in the bog garden.  That might have something to do with it.  I love fresh cucumbers.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 8:26 am

My pickling cucumbers have cucumber wilt. 🙁  I researched it online and I don't think there's any stopping it this year.   Next year I will definitely plant in a different part of the garden far away from this area. I've lost 3 plants so far.  I was hoping to try making dill pickles this year but I can try again next year.

My straight 8's took longer to get going but are starting to set cucumbers. I also planted Telegraph cucumbers and they are doing well.  I prefer these to the Soyu but I still have Soyu seed (from 2015) and I'd be very happy to mail them to you, Lark, if you'd use them. cj

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Lark
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August 17, 2017 - 7:17 pm

I am thinking of maybe growing an english cucumber that has no seed or at least a very small cavity of seeds.  Your ideas?

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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August 18, 2017 - 9:23 am

I do like the thin skin and smaller seed cavity of Telegraph cucumbers and have been using them in cucumber salad.  Occasionally the salad tastes bitter.  I'm not certain if it's the cucumbers or if my sauce is just off.  So I'm holding off on my rating/approval for Telegraph.  You have grown it in the past - what was your experience?  Maybe we each could try a new (differing) variety next year and compare notes?

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Lark
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August 19, 2017 - 7:21 am

Yes, I have grown the Telegraph before.  I just ran out of that seed and didn't buy more.  I remember that the Telegraph didn't have that prickly skin.  I can't remember if that one curled too.  Which do you like better? I will have to do some research on a long english cucumber that STAYS straight. Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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