Rachel H Kay Blog

Year Three Expanding Cucumber Variations

This year is our third year growing vegetables. We now have three garden beds, a melon patch, three lettuce beds made out of old laundry baskets, and various plants in large plant pots. This year is also our most expanded year in vegetable variations. What I mean by that is instead of just growing cucumbers this year for example, we're growing four different kinds of cucumbers. This includes lemon cucumbers, boston pickling cucumbers, space master cucumbers, cucamelons, and your basic cucumber. All sprouted from seed, indoors, which I began in February this year. I already had the basic cucumber seeds, but the other seeds I got from Seedsnow.com. They were having a sale at the time, so I got a bunch of different vegetable and herb seeds, probably about 20 different seed packs, for around $35.00, which is a great bargain compared to buying already sprouted plants. You should definitely check them out. They have a huge selection of heirloom seeds, and you don't have to spend a lot to get a lot either.

Each variety of cucumbers has a different look, taste, and use. I don't need to explain the need to grow a basic cucumber, but have you ever grown a lemon cucumber?

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Building Our Third Garden Bed

Since I'm trying a few different variations this year, I needed a new garden bed for my lemon cucumbers and Boston pickling cucumbers. So my son and I decided to build a new garden bed so we could then transplant them once they were ready. The idea of building this new bed came from my son's failed attempt at building another garden bed last year.

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Major Pests Identified & How To Deal With Them

Ever since I first started gardening three years ago I have come across a lot of different bugs. Some beneficial to my garden, and some which destroy, or try to destroy, my fruits and vegetables. It seems each year I deal with a new pest, but also still have to deal with some of the previous ones as well. This is the most frustrating part of gardening. I get so excited when I begin to see my plants getting bigger and growing flowers ready to begin producing fruits and vegetables. But soon after I have to become proactive in keeping the pests away to ensure I have fruits and vegetables to harvest.

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Year Two and Our Melon Patch

Our second year of growing vegetables, which was last year, I decided to pitch in, help out my son, and expand the types of plants we had. Which also meant adding other options. My son and I turned an area of the back yard that had been used as a fire pit into a melon patch, where we planted some watermelon plants I had sprouted quite successfully from some old seeds that I wasn't sure would sprout.

Since these seeds had sat in the fridge for a few years, I wasn’t sure how well they would sprout, so after doing a bit of research I found a good option to sprout seeds, especially those that may be harder to sprout than others. It’s a simple way to provide the needed heat and moisture seeds need to get them to sprout.

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Small Garden Beds for Small Spaces

Since my gardening hobby started two years ago, this year being my third year, I have built four different types of garden beds, each in a different way and for a different reason. While I can't really go into detail on four garden beds in one post I will break this up a bit, but hopefully you will still get some helpful information.

As I've mentioned in my previous posts on gardening, it was my younger son who started this little venture in vegetable gardening. He had good intentions, save mommy some money on vegetables. He and I had no idea it would end up becoming a huge hobby that we continue every year.

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About Me

Hi there. I'm Rachel Kay, a Web Developer, Illustrator, & Designer, whose hobby is to be creative and artistic, while freelancing as a Web Developer building creative, modern websites.