Sometimes when a cucumber vine gets going some of the cucumbers grow too large and turn yellow. When that happens I cut it from the vine and leave it there in the garden. It creates the opportunity for the cucumber to reseed itself and become a late season cucumber vine. Now in late October, I have one growing in the kitchen garden. It’s good timing because just a week or so ago I finished the cucumber salad that I prepared in early summer.
Cucumbers are cooling, which I’m imagining might be good for hot flashes (waking me up early lately.) Dr. Lee told me that cucumbers are better than lettuce for women (and lettuce is very good for men). Since most everything he has told me has turned out to be helpful, I’m taking his word for that.
A tomato sandwich with cucumber salad (fresh cucumber slices chilled in vinegar/water with dried stevia flakes) and sliced cheese (Havarti.) This is a sandwich that is only possible to make directly from the garden in July and August. We still have plenty of tomatoes, but no more cucumbers.
Three years ago I planted some stevia seeds in starter cups, and later transferred them to a raised bed with artichokes and asparagus; all three are perennials. I love perennials. Probably because I’m lazy. I don’t have to do anything but cover the roots with compost in the winter time, and year after year they just show themselves in spring. Now just pushing up little leaves close to the ground, they will grow to about five feet this summer, with stalks that get about an inch thick at the base.Situated close to the parking pad by the kitchen, my boys can’t resist walking by the plant without pulling off fresh leaves and eating them. They make a great breath freshener, like chewing on a mint leaf except it is sweet.