Monday, January 14, 2013

Bee Here Now

When you grow a summer garden you pretty much take for granted that nature will take it's course and the blossoms will bloom and the fruit will grow. In the winter greenhouse a little more attention is required. There are no bees buzzing around to do the pollinating so you must bee prepared to do it yourself. All that is required is a paintbrush to move pollen from the male flower to the female flower(the one with the baby cuke attached). If enough pollen is transferred the baby should mature into a crispy green slicer. We've got a dozen or so babies so far...hoping for a nice winter-time cucumber salad. Tomatoes are just now starting to bud so that fruit is still a ways off!