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This week in the garden: picking cucumbers (VIDEO)

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 11, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 11, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.

When to pick cucumbers

Check variety for harvest size. (video by Annie Calovich, Wichita Eagle)

The amount of produce donated to the needy through Plant a Row for the Hungry skyrocketed in the past week – a sign that gardens have kicked into production mode.

Donations of cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini along with a few tomatoes and some greens brought the total so far this summer to 7,892 pounds.

Master gardener Everett Price has pulled all of the cole crops out of his Haysville garden in the heat. Cucumbers are one of the things he’s harvesting. If you’re growing cucumbers, be sure to pick them as they reach the desired size; allowing them to become too big on the vine signals to the plant to stop production.

If you have more cucumbers or other vegetables or fruits than you can eat, you can donate them to Plant a Row at these places during business hours: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh, Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson’s Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.

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