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Cucumbers are Sprouting in my Vegetable Garden

February 25th, 2009 by Matthew Steinhoff

Cucumbers Spouting Through the Soil of my Raised Backyard Vegetable GardenLook at that cucumber grow!

While attending the South Florida Fair last month, I stopped by the Broward County Farm Bureau booth. They were giving away free packages of cucumber seeds.

When starting my garden, I got actual plants, not seeds. So, the cucumbers are the first thing I have ever planted and grown from seed.

Vegetable Seeds Like Little Bits of Magic

I planted the seeds last Sunday and by Friday — just five days later — there were sprouts. Can you believe it?

Who knew seeds would actually turn into plants? I mean, I guess I always sorta thought they might but to see it happening is pretty darn cool.

Other Vegetables Growing from Seed

Remodeling the Backyard ShedIn addition to the cucumbers, I have snap beans (courtesy of my best buddy Tim at Art by Nature Garden Center) and watermelon growing from seeds. The snap beans are just beginning to pop their heads above the dirt. Of the six watermelon clusters I planted, only one has broken ground but I imagine that is to be expected.

If this works out, I may consider adding more. My father is remodeling his backyard shed and it looks as though he is going to have a fair amount of plywood leftover. If that is the case, my garden will grow even larger.

—Farmer Matt

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  • Just for the record, that’s your Uncle John doing that balancing act, not me.

    Fortunately for all, I shot that picture while his shirt was still tucked in behind.

  • You just don’t REMEMBER planting seeds before.

    When you were little, you planted marigold seeds from your grandmother’s yard, beans next to the inside of a glass jar, so you could see them sprout and grow , and sunflower seeds that you watered everyday with a little blue watering can.

    There probably were others, but those are the ones I remember clearly.

  • AWWW! It is so cute! You should do some time lapse on that to see how much they grow a day. That would be neat to see.

    • You are absolutely right, Laine!

      In fact, every day at one in the afternoon, the webcam snaps a static photo of the garden. I figure once I get a couple months of images, I’ll start posting some time-lapse images on the web site.

      Assuming, of course, I can figure out who to convert 60 jpegs into a movie of sorts. It can’t be that hard, right?

      —Farmer Matt

  • Hi Lila,

    I started to grow my own veg and already I’m nothing tiny things surfacing! its quick exciting.