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First 2011 Cucumber

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

First Earthbox Spacemaster Cucumber harvested today, weighing in at 12oz. Also got another Black Beauty Zucchini. Black Beauty is proving to be quite vigorous–growing much faster than the other squash I planted.

Earthbox Cucumber and Sqauash

Black Beauty Zucchini (bottom) & Spacemaster Cucumber

First 2011 Squash

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

First Earthbox squash picked today. Black Beauty zucchini weighing in at 280g. I fear my squash may not be long for this world, however, as the other day I spotted the dreaded squash vine borer moth buzzing around the plants, depositing its eggs of death all over the squash stems. I tried to scrape off the eggs I did see, but I will not be surprised to see my squash shriveling up in a matter of weeks.

5/1 update–picked one more black beauty 169g and first dixie yellow at 190g.

Earthbox Black Beauty Zucchini

Earthbox Black Beauty Zucchini

New Squash Seeds Planted

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

The 8-Ball, Zephyr and Multipik have petered out. The Spacemaster cucumber has gotten a second wind and has produced another cuke. It actually produces tons of cucumbers, but very few get pollinated on this plant.

So, I planted three new squash seeds today to hopefully get some Fall summer squash. Trying something different this time. Just went to the local Big Box store and grabbed whatever squash seeds they had. So planted two yellow “Dixie Hybrid” squash and one “Grey Zucchini”. We’ll see.

Earthbox Update

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Finally have a cucumber nearing readiness. This is a “spacemaster” cucumber, which has turned out to be a sprawling vine that has not lived up to its name. I had to add a trellis to the Earthbox to give it somewhere to meander. This is the first cucumber that has developed on it also, so it is lagging way behind the three other squash plants.

Earthbox Cucumber

Not sure how big it should get

Harvested one of each squash variety this morning.

Earthbox Squash

Multipik, 8 Ball and Zephyr

Peppers coming along. Not sure when the Anaheim will be “done”. The bells should turn orange when ready.

Earthbox Anaheim Pepper

Anahiem...time to pick? The ones at HEB are bigger!

Orange Bell Peppers in Earthbox

Should turn orange when ready

Once again I’ve been cursed by puny jalapenos. The ones on my plant this year are about one inch long. Next year I’m going to seek out some “jumbo” variety and start one from seed. This plant I got at a nursery. It’s certainly productive, but I’d prefer a bit larger peppers.

Am finally getting some Poblanos. Hoping they turn out to be normal size. Last year the plant produced puny ones. That was a plant picked up at a nursery. This one I grew from seed that as far as I could tell should produce full size peppers.

Earthbox Poblano Pepper

Poblano coming along

Squash Pollination

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The bees have found my Earthbox! So far I have only seen bumblebees and not the garden-variety (heh heh) orangish bees. At least I think they are bumblebees–they’re black and yellow colored. Regardless, they are doing their thing.

Pollen-Coated Bee on Squash Flower

A Busy Bee

Here’s what you get if they don’t show up (or if you don’t hand pollinate):

Earthbox Unpollinated Squash

Unpollinated Squash

Multipik Squash

Pollinated Multipik vs. Unpollinated Multipik