“And it’s so high up
I’ll never make it that far.
Well, what do you know….”
These are my cucumbers ♡
And no I had no idea they would end up looking like this. From the beginning they struggled to the point I didn’t think I was going to be able to keep them alive. Then with constant tender, loving care they started to grow. With a constant and pretty heavy flow of water they started to thrive. Then finally with a few earth worms and some more compost every two weeks or so they exploded into this gorgeous giant you see in this picture.
For a while I didn’t get a lot of cucumbers and when I did they looked something like that little guy up there. Kind of half mature and super funny looking. Ahem. I mean interesting and full of character!
A few months later though and I am up to my elbows in my two types of cucumbers. Our regular type you see in grocery stores and a lemon cucumber. I did both because I love cucumbers and I’ve never actually seen a lemon cucumber so I decided to grow one myself.
So the regular cucumber is the one that looks like a regular cucumber and the lemon cuke is the one that looks like a lemon! You’re welcome 🙂
The lemon cucumbers are so different than their long, green counterparts. First is their appearance of course which is so gorgeous I didn’t want to pick the first few since they are right next to my favorite garden chill out spot and I could admire them every time I went outside to destress. Once my curiosity finally outweighed my love for their bright yellow, slightly striped looks with small black spikes that scrub right off…I picked them and tried them out.
They are amazing!! Much more squash tasting I think than a regular cucumber and with much larger seeds with a squishy membrane around them that takes up a lot of the actual fruit.
This garden has been so great for me to grow new vegetables that I’ve never tried or seen before and these are probably what I was most excited about!
Since the cucumbers are thriving is this crazy heat I decided to make something out of them that would help me thrive through the heat as well. So I chose my favorites cut them up, froze them with a few snips of stevia and mint also from my garden then blended it all together in my food processor with lemon juice and water till a loose sorbet consistency then spoon it into whatever popsicle molds you like! After overnighting it in the freezer you’ll have a light and refreshing break from the blazing sun! You can switch it up with other flavors you like too if you want to time down the cucumber flavor….for whatever reason…even though they are amazing just as they are ♡
Growing and thriving ♡
Cucumber mint popsicles
- 3 medium sized cucumbers (I used two regular cucumbers and 2 lemon cucumbers so if you have them, use them.)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup your favorite mint
- 1/2 cup fresh stevia (2 tablespoons of liquid Stevia also works)
- 1 cup water
- Clean your cucumbers, cut into small cubes and freeze over night.
- Next day add cucumbers, mint, stevia and lemon juice to a food processor and pulse.
- Slowly add water till it comes together
- You can mix it till it’s smooth or you can leave a few chunks if you’d like.
- Spoon mixture into whatever popsicle molds you have and freeze over night.
- Serve on a hot day and eat outside ♡