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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
Cathie Rowand
A cucumber maturing on a Bush Champion plant in a pot.

Cucumbers in a pot

Just maybe this summer, I will be able to produce cucumbers.

The first year I grew cucumbers, I was so successful that I had enough left over to can dill pickles. The last two years the cucumber beetles killed off my plants early in the season.

I am growing Bush Champion cucumber plants in pots away from the vegetable garden. They are producing a lot of fruit and I haven't seen any cucumber beetles yet.

I am hoping that this will be the summer I get to enjoy cucumbers from my garden.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)