Garden Improvisation: Giant Cucumbers and Jalapeno Poppers!

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by on June 15, 2009

IMG_5125 It’s been 2 weeks since the last update on the “Killer Cucumber” and although the cucumber plant has almost doubled in size AGAIN, we finally have cucumbers! The biggest one is a good 10-12 inches, too!

The cucumber plant wasn’t the only thing to double, though. I think the whole garden doubled! It is hard to even distinguish the different plants in this picture! The bottom row is our cherry tomatoes and basil, which are starting to grow on top of each other.


You’ll probably notice, too, that we had to create an impromptu “cage” for the  cucumber (top left). My hubby created a frugal trellis out of rods, string, and IMG_5128yes, that is part of a tiki torch in the center. :) It has worked wonders at helping the plant grow up off the ground (important to help cucumbers healthy) and away from the other plants.

Besides the 2 very large cucumbers that are growing, we have at least a dozen small to medium sized cukes that are growing. I’m excited to pick them and hopefully will be able to make my favorite cucumber salad! (I’ll share the recipe when I make it!)

Jalapeno Poppers

 IMG_5127Have you tried poppers? Jalapenos stuffed with cheese, breaded and fried? Yea, they are very good! This past weekend I picked 10 fresh jalapenos from the garden, and searched the internet for the perfect healthier poppers. After a few suggestions, I finally made my own recipe, which I plan to post for you all later! They were delicious- so good, that I forgot to take a picture when they came out of the oven! But, as you can see from this picture, there are several more growing and I’ll get a picture next time!

I also plan on making homemade pesto from our basil, which is growing like a weed! We have been adding it to our homemade spagetti sauce, pizza, and salads, but I’ll be able to freeze the pesto for future use.

Here’s a few more pictures of our produce:

 IMG_5131IMG_5129                Cherry Tomatoes -                                                         Yellow Bell Pepper-

How are your gardens doing? Leave me a comment and tell me about it! If you have it posted, please leave a link, too!


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  • Oh thank you! It has been a great summer! I can’t believe how cool the temps have been! Hopefully the rest of the summer will be as mild. :)

  • Wow! Your garden has really taken off. I still only have 4 inch high cucumbers, but at least other things are growing. BTW, love the improvised use of the tiki torch.

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  • Wow, Melissa! Your garden is awesome. I look forward to reading more. Until then, I will patiently wait on recipes. :)

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  • Alea- watch out for those cucumbers! They have a mind of their own! I really think ours have done so well because we make sure to water it constantly. Knew we would find a use for those tiki torches :)

    Desiree- I promise to get those recipes up! We will be making more poppers this weekend and I will definitely take pictures this time! :)

  • I have a wonder popper recipe but would love to hear about yours! Also…I’m excited to somewhat mimic your frugal trellis. I’m going to have to do something with our cucumbers soon.

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  • Jenny, I love your name! That cracks me up! :) I just picked 7 more jalapenos this morning, so I’ll be making our poppers and taking pictures soon (and post) – I’d love to hear about your recipe, too!

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