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Comparing Garden Produce

You know I have been telling you that I have discovered the hard way how important compost is to a garden, right?

Well, I thought it would be interesting to show you the difference between produce grown with plenty of compost and fertilizer, grown by an old timer, and produce that was grown with insufficient fertilizer, with no compost, grown by a green horn.

Here is our little, meager cucumber from the garden with no compost. Can you see it there? It's a tiny little thing, so look closely!

And THIS is from a friend's garden, who obviously knows a bit more than we do about how to grow things.

I believe we'll be using compost next year!

How about you? How is your garden doing? Post your link below and remember to follow the linky rules:

1. You must link to a specific relevant post on your blog.
2. Your post must include a link to at least one of the Gardening Gals.

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  1. Amazing difference! I wish I had compost. I won’t be able to link up this week. We are away at Bible Camp in Lithuania. Next week we will be back.

  2. The second pic is not a cucumber…it’s a zucchini and they do typically get much bigger than the biggest cucumber. Jusy sayin’!! In a nice way!! ; )

  3. Yep, zucchini generally grow faster and bigger than cucumbers ;). I still have no produce from our garden (later growing season) so you’re further than me.

  4. Well, I could see that cuke on a nice little finger snadwich at a ladies’ tea party. But that zucchini could definitely be used to defend your life and property against intruders!

  5. Ya, cucumbers and zucchini are totally different!

  6. My link up at #5 is not to the correct post and could be removed. Number 6 is to the correct gardening post…..thanks!

  7. Cucumbers and zucchinis are different, but it’s hard to grow anything in my opinion :). Last year we had an AMAZING amount of cucumbers and I highly recommend Mel Bartholomew’s book Square Foot Gardening…the soil mix he recommends worked wonders for us! I think it’s 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost (we bought mushroom and manure and mixed), and 1/3 vermiculite. Also, the reason your cucumbers are curled up like that (from what I’ve read) is that they aren’t being evenly pollinated. We had a lot of that happening with ours and also we didn’t get any pollination for our zucchini (I hand pollinated those). You may want to consider planting bee friendly plants or putting in things to attract them for next year.

  8. Rebecca L. says:

    Although it has been pointed out that the first pic. is a cucumber and the second is a zucchini, I must say that the small cucumber was probably very tasty! The smaller ones are generally crunchier and tastier. As they get bigger and more (what I call) bloated, they sour. They just don’t taste that great in salads or to just eat period, when they are huge. They also drain the vines of nutrients when they get too big, killing the vines. The vine is so busy feeding nutrients to the 1 big cuke (or squash or whatever is there feeding on the vine) that it cannot sustain life to nourish other veggies on the vine. I don’t let any of my veggies get that big. Unless I am trying to grow a prize winning pumpkin! :)

  9. Sooooo … did you grate up that huge zuc and make some bread or my favorite – zucchini chocolate cake? Yummy! I prefer smaller veggies too – better flavor, better texture and more vitamins.