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Garden Fairy Chronicles, A Planting Tip

August 16, 2010

Cucumbers are a garden fairy favorite. After a rough start, our cucumbers are finally growing. The first to be harvested is miniature white. We’re really enjoying these. In a patch that is plagued by cucumber beetles and wilt, I’ve had to pull a few vines, the mini whites are producing well. It helps that they are small, therefore, ready to be picked quickly and frequently.

After picking, I rub the spines off, rinse them, and trim each end. The garden fairy eats them like apples. They are the perfect size for her. She tried this with the regular sized cucumbers, but couldn’t finish them and finally had to let me slice them for her. So, I’m adding miniature cucumbers to my must-plant list. I’ll also be on the look out for other miniature veggies or fun varieties to try with the garden fairy.

mini white cucumbers

Over the weekend, we planted red and purple carrots. The spring crop failed completely, but we’re trying again. Cosmic purple and atomic red carrots just sound like great fun for snack time. Just imagine the wondrous looks from the other kids in preschool. Maybe they’ll all go home and convince their parents to plant gardens.


The Garden Fairy Chronicles is my contribution to the kinderGARDENS project. The goal is to get more kids out into the garden. This week’s links can be found here, at the inadvertent farmer, or you can click the button below for all the details.

Inadvertent Farmer

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 1:20 pm

    What fun to grow snacks right in your backyard!

  2. August 16, 2010 9:25 pm

    Those all sound like fun! Must try next year…my boy and I love cucumbers, and those carrots sound so cool! 🙂

  3. August 16, 2010 10:40 pm

    Mini cucumbers ate as apples sound fun. We are trying to get some red carrots to grow too, since my little helper loves carrots.

  4. August 18, 2010 7:34 pm

    You have just reminded me to go check on my lemon cucumbers! That is a great photo!
    Great idea about snack time and carrots, should be fun!

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