This is the third time we’re trying to grow heirloom lemon cucumbers. The first time was last spring. We sewed ten seeds, watched them sprout, watched them begin to climb the bamboo stakes, and then die. The second time was in late spring. We tried a different location in the garden that got more sun, later sun. They sprouted, started to climb, and then a week of torrential downpours rotted their little roots, and they, too, died. Now we’re trying again. This time, in a container. Container gardening is easier. It’s actually how I first learned to garden. It’s easier to control; the soil can be amended quicker, fertilizing can happen on a more local level, and each micro-system can be managed individually without fear of stuff leaching from one area to another. That’s why I decided to kick it old school with a container. It’s my go-to for difficult, fickle, or sensitive plants. Besides, pots can be moved when the weather is awful, and the plants can be protected in a hurry. It’s a win-win…I hope.
These are my little seedlings: