It’s no secret (because I’ve told you bunches of times) that I am a novice gardner! Novice might even be giving me too much credit actually. So when I broke down and bought a few plants from Lowe’s to plant in the garden and green house I kinda planted them without much rhyme or reason.

I did read the tags that came with the plants… sort of, and promptly disregarded the fact that it said to plant the cucumbers 6 feet apart! Well, who has that kind of space, I ask you?? Besides look at those itty-wee plants! They will be all lonely if I plant them that far apart!

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So I didn’t. In fact, as you can see in the photo they may be 3 feet apart. Only it doesn’t count because I also popped in a couple of cucumber seeds “just to see” in between them. (Hee hee!) And I was pleased as punch when the little things actually sprouted!

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See? How cute is that? I also have been keeping tabs on the other plants growth and am happy to say that they LIKE the greenhouse! This is looking promising.

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See that little melon plant back there? Yeah, I have no hope for it any longer. Besides someone told me that they shouldn’t be planted with cucumbers because they can cross pollenate and create strange and not-so-desirable fruits. Hmmmm…. well, now I know.

Growing bigger! At this point I thought I should have set up a time laps camera to get a good grasp of just how fast and furiously this little plant was growing! But it still hadn’t dawned on me that this was just the beginning…

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I put in a tomato cage thinking maybe it might like something to climb, but it mostly ignored it. I was trying to ensure that the poor little watermelon plant would have at least some space, but nah.

Then a couple of days ago I went to check on it again and THIS is the horror I beheld!!

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Another angle, you can see there’s pepper plants on the other end… for now, and the melon is valiantly trying to hang on down here on this end.

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I can see now why the little tag said to keep 6 feet of space between them. Even so, I don’t have that much space, so we will just have to see what (if anything) comes of the crowded cucumber plants, and the poor plants that share the bed with it! 😉 Still… this little blossom was promising!

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