Crystal cucumbers and voodoo sheds

We have finally exorcised the voodoo shed – we decided the way to do it was give the shed the most wholesome, productive and healthy crop to grow, so that it would become cleansed and serene as a result. The crop we chose was Crystal Apple cucumbers, which are possibly the most celestial of vegetables, they should have little angel wings!

Seriously though, we’re really proud of the way the voodoo shed has gone from being a derelict holder of old rubbish and ‘the walking sticks of the dead’ to a clean and hygienic glasshouse. And we do like Crystal Apple (also known as Crystal Lemon) which are pretty little cucumbers: pale green-white in colour and charmingly tasty. They are also open-pollinated, so once you’ve got a plant or two, you’ve got seeds for the rest of your life. What they aren’t (always) is hardy outdoors in the UK, so this year we’re trying them in glasshouse (formerly known as the voodoo shed) but with the door and window open to allow pollinating insects in but keep frost and gales out.

Crystal Apple is great for salads and sandwiches, and needs to be picked daily, because once it starts to become yellowish the fruit is past its best and becomes bitter really quickly.

And in addition to the rehabilitation of the shed, we have relocated, and restyled, the green man, who this month is a green woman in a rather fetching dress …

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, April 28, 2011

4 Comments:

Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

Love the sound of those cucumbers! We're trying some weird and wonderful african horned ones this year, no idea what they will be like though lol

April 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

African horned cucumbers sound fascinating - I really want to grow some of the exploding ones but OH has vetoed them as being bad for his peace and quiet!

April 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

I'm sticking with the same boring cucumbers as we know we all love these though I am intrigued about the ones you are growing. I have also sown gherkins this year and I was very pleased with the germination rate!! Does the green man/woman really keep off unwanted pests??

May 1, 2011 at 4:58 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya - the green person gets re-dressed in a different costume every three weeks or so and does seem to work. Most birds soon get used to a scarer that doesn't change, so we swap his/her outfits and use a range of other devices like old CDs, rattling cans on posts and a plywood cat with glass eyes. As long as you change your scarer regularly the birds will usually opt for a less threatening location.

May 3, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

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