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Update on oddities

By Penny Stine

Since I'm growing a couple weird things this year, I thought I'd give an update. First, the poona kheera cucumber. Or maybe it's a Sikkim cucumber. I planted both in this little planting box and don't remember which is on the right and which is on the left. One's supposed to be a whitish color that turns yellow when ripe, while one is a reddish color that turns brown when ripe. This cuke is green. Lime green, but still green.

In addition to being red, the Sikkim is also supposed to be big and fat. This looks like one lean pickle, which makes me think it's the poona kheera. 

Both varieties are supposed to be incredibly sweet and good keepers. I'm waiting to pick until it starts turning a different color. Both vines are loaded with cucumbers. I've got lemon cucumbers, too, because I love the way they taste, although they don't keep at all. 

Here's a photo of the malabar spinach I took on Monday. As you can see, it's still pretty tiny. Everything I've read says it likes the heat and really takes off once temperatures are consistently above 90 or 95.


Temps have been above 90 for weeks and it's still tiny. It's native to the tropics of Asia, however, so I'm hoping the higher humidity this week, along with a littler higher temps in the evening, will make it grow. Perhaps I should learn to speak encouraging words  to it in an Indian dialect. 


Here's a pic I took on my phone this morning (Thursday) before work. I tell myself that it's a lot bigger than it was on Monday. Of course, I still tell myself that I'm only approaching middle age, too!


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