The big cucumber experiment!
Tina reminded me that I wanted to mention this. Mel, and pretty much everyone else, says not to plant cucumbers inside. Instead you direct sow them. However, for some reason, my brother had "plant cukes" in his gardening planner on February 21. When I asked him why so early, he said he was going to plant them inside. I thought, ok, I just bought a new pack of seeds, so I had tons of seeds. Why not try it.
I figured since they were planted in soil blocks made of essentially the same stuff as are in my beds, I could plant them as soon anything went wrong. I really would really like to hold out til later in the month when a possible early Last Spring Frost date for our area could be. So that means they have to hold out for another few weeks. Thus the experiment.
Besides, if this doesn't work, I can always replant in soil blocks a week before my LSF and then plant out two weeks later, or about the time they sprout. That's what Mel suggests. /shrug.
Oh, and Tina, don't feel like you're being noesy, I would always like to hear questions about what I'm doing. Right or wrong, I will at least provide my logic and reasons so folks can pick them apart.
Another thing I noticed when I was taking a picture of my emerging cucumbers, was this spider-web-like substance between a few of the soil blocks that were crammed together to save space.
This isn't the first time I've seen this. It may be some fungus that was in the compost. I don't think it really is a spider web. Any ideas? I hope it's not harmful to the plants. I just planted with it last time.
Well, that's it for now. If you're joining us after reading the article in the Times, thank you for coming back. Spring is nearly upon us and things will heat up quickly around my garden. Enjoy!