|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:02 pm EST : ||
13 July 2006. The plants are contained by a reinforcing concrete wire trellis, depending upon how much effort is taken to train the vines. The last five days I picked about 8 per day of the size shown. They are almost perfect in shape anad size for the table. Even the odd large one, that I miss on some days, is very good eating. All are firm and crisp.It rained heavily yesterday, and cuccumbers will produce many fruits on the following two days.
Now the bad news:
28 July 2006 My cuccumbers deteriorated almost completely in less than ten days. Then I noticed my muskmellons were taking the same trip. Upon close inspection, I found this half centimeter bug on each leaf. This bug has been noticed before, but there were so few, that I tended to ignore them. The bug pictures were taken by putting the bug on water in a container. I am now treating my late crop of cuccumbers with insecticide. I also noticed the Sugar Baby watermellon was not attacked, which is alongside the muskmellon.
http://CBeetle.notlong.com Information about the cuccumber beetle.
At first I blamed the cuccumber beetle, but there the numbers were not suficient to do the damage. I found the cause, which is Downy Mildew after an article appeared in the local newspaper. The cuccumber crop, commercial and the few home gardens, was devastated in 2006.
An article in the Brantford Expositor. This Downy Mildew is what destroyed by cuccumbers and muskmellon plants.
Insecticides and fungicides did not stop the devastation. Better luck next year!
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Ah yes, cucumber beetles! I have not seen them here in ND, but I used to get them all the time in Michigan. I would try to pick them off by hand. Others resort to pesticides. I prefer not to.
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 12:25 pm EST : ||
Not to mention the Manduca quinquemaculata (aka the dreaded tomato horn worm)
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 02:56 pm EST : ||
My Erin was always complaining about those as a kid when she would go to the neighbors & do tomatoes
I had them for the very first time last summer and opted to use Neem Oil to keep things organic and it seemed to work well with repeated applications.
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 08:18 pm EST : ||