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These photos didn’t turn out very well, but trust me they are my cucumber plants. This is my third garden out here in California and the third time I planted cucumbers. It is also the first time that they did not die. Cucumbers need a lot of water. During the hot dry summers if you don’t water them enough they can die. Finally this year I figured it out.

Nutrition Information for cucumbers
Calories
16.0 (67.0 kJ) 1%
From Carbohydrate 10.9 (45.6 kJ)
From Fat 1.9 (8.0 kJ)
From Protein 3.1 (13.0 kJ)

Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Vitamin A 95.8 IU 2%
Retinol Activity Equivalent 5.3 mcg
Alpha Carotene 10.6 mcg
Beta Carotene 41.2 mcg
Beta Cryptoxanthin 23.9 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 21.3 mcg
Vitamin C 4.3 mg 7%
Vitamin D
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
Vitamin K 9.6 mcg 12%
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg 3%
Folate 18.6 mcg 5%
Food Folate 18.6 mcg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 18.6 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.3 mg 3%
Choline 7.6 mg
Betaine 0.1 mg

I found this tasty Cucumber Salad recipe on the Food Network website.

Ingredients

  • 2 English cucumbers (2 pounds)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill or 2 tablespoons fresh

Directions

Slice the cucumber lengthwise, remove the seeds, and slice thinly. Thinly slice the onion.

In a colander, toss the cucumber and onion with the salt and let it sit and drain for 20 minutes. Press the liquid out of the vegetables and rinse well with cold water.

In a medium bowl combine the vinegar and sugar and stir well. Add the cucumber mixture and toss to coat. Stir in the dill.

I’m going to try it and let you know how it turns out. But I will be substituting English cucumbers for the regular ones that I am growing in my garden.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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27 Comments

  1. angie June 23, 2010

    Do you think they are doing so well because it's been pretty mild thus far?

  2. Cascia June 23, 2010

    Angie- You are probably right. The temperatures have been about 10 degrees below normal so far in June. We'll see how the rest of the summer goes.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Melissa (@adventuroo) June 23, 2010

    Oh I love cucumber salad… just ate some a second ago in fact!

  4. Simply Being Mommy June 23, 2010

    I totally should have planted a garden this year.

  5. Brandy June 23, 2010

    That's awesome!!!

  6. Dina @ 4 Lettre Words June 23, 2010

    They are beautiful! I'm only growing peppers and tomatoes this summer.

  7. Julie from Momspective June 23, 2010

    I can't grow a thing but I love eating what my mother grows!

  8. Liza June 23, 2010

    I love cucumber salad. Your recipe sounds delicious.

    Mine is simple with just lemon juice, a little sugar, and salt and pepper.

  9. Cascia June 23, 2010

    Liza, your recipe sounds good too. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Cafe au lait June 23, 2010

    Great info. Happy WW.

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

  11. Modern Mom June 23, 2010

    It's looking great. I wish I had a garden so I can plant vegetables too.

  12. Maria @ LSS June 23, 2010

    The salad sounds delicious.

    Happy WW.

  13. Simply Delicious June 23, 2010

    I love cucumber in salads and sandwiches. Yum!

  14. Help! Mama Remote... June 23, 2010

    They look great! I love how you added the nutritional facts and thr recipe.

  15. MaryAnne June 23, 2010

    those look delicious!

  16. blueviolet June 23, 2010

    If they're that thirsty, I'd have a heck of a time with them. We have super sandy soil!

  17. I am Harriet June 23, 2010

    I just discovered these mini cucumbers at Sams Club. They are so good!

    Have a great day!
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/06/aw-isnt-that-cute/

  18. Cascia June 23, 2010

    Harriet – I've never seen mini cucumbers before. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. He & Me + 3 June 23, 2010

    Mine are starting to look like that. thanks for the lots of water tip. I am new to this gardening thing.

  20. Lisa June 23, 2010

    We love cucumbers, especially in a Greek salad.

  21. Bridgette June 23, 2010

    Yummy! Cucumbers are a fave of mine! Happy WW!

  22. Muthering Heights June 24, 2010

    I'm glad they're doing well for you this year!

  23. Alicia June 24, 2010

    That's awesome!! I bet you have tons of them now!!

  24. Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) June 24, 2010

    I planted cucumbers but they died. Now that I read this I wonder if I didn't water them enough. I'll have to try again next year!

  25. Sue June 24, 2010

    Your garden must be huge! You have a lot of different veggies!

    Cukes are looking good.

    Hope you're having a great day♥

  26. Whimsical Creations June 25, 2010

    I LOVE planting cucumbers. The kids (and myself) love eating them raw with a little bit of salt.

  27. I love cucumbers! They're the perfect summer vegetable. So refreshing!
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up the other day Cascia. I'm a bit late, but I made it nonetheless. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama