The most recognisable cucumber variety is long and green (including ‘Burpless’ from Yates), but you can also get cucumbers that are curly and crinkly (‘Oriental Soo Yoh’ and ‘Tasty Queen F1’ from Kings Seeds), white ( ‘Lombardy White’ from Kings Seeds or ‘Port Albert’ from Koanga) and round like apples (Egmont Seeds’ ‘Crystal Apple’ or Koanga’s heritage-type ‘Green Apple’). When flowering begins, scatter fertiliser around the base of the plants once a month and water regularly.
Plant more beans
There’s still time to plant a second crop of beans. Beans sown now will keep you fed until the first frosts. Water regularly – water stressed plants are a sitting target for green shield bugs. Perennial ‘Scarlet Runner’ beans will last several seasons and get cracking earlier than the competition. Not all beans
are green: choose from yellow, purple, and blotchy red. ‘Berrgold Improved’ is a prolific dwarf variety; ‘King of the Blues’ and ‘Purple Tepee’ lose their colour when cooked so eat them raw. ‘Yard Long Runner’ is a popular Asian bean with 65-100cm long pods, though you should pick the pods when they’re 40cm long.
Gardening by the moon Don’t plant or sow just yet. Sow root crops, like radishes, turnips and swedes. There’s a fertile time approaching, so cultivate and add soil amendments as required. New moon 08:21 PM