I Need a Bee!Posted: April 4, 2011
Last year while we were on vacation in Florida we were introduced to “earth buckets”. An earth bucket is a self watering container. They can be purchased at many garden shops or home improvement type places or you can make your own. We made ours with two food storage buckets, a PVC pipe, and a 6″ plastic pot.
A couple of weeks ago I planted a cucumber in our earth bucket and now it’s blooming! Since this is an indoor cucumber at the moment, the next question I asked myself was, “Do cucumbers need to be pollinated?” The answer is easy and complicated. It is possible to purchase seeds for a self pollinating cucumber, but that’s not what I planted, so . . . yes they do and since I really don’t want a bee in the house, I had to learn how to be the bee. Gardening with Wilson taught me all I needed to know about the birds and bees regarding cucumbers. Right now I have eager males, but no females are willing. Hopefully they’ll cooperate, but for now . . . waiting . . .