An Armenian cucumber with Provence melons on the left and sweet white corn in the background.

Armenian cucumbers are extremely productive plants. If I don’t harvest this plant every other day, the cucumbers become enormous. I have found that the trick to growing cucumbers is making sure they have even moisture, a rich soil and good drainage.

The white corn in the background is a soil experiment. The plants are growing in half compost and half manure. They seem to be doing well so far, though too much organic matter can cause fungal problems in the soil. My hypothesis is that if you don’t over water, that you can get away with growing vegetables in pure organic matter. After all vegetables evolved as “camp followers”, meaning they emerged out of the food scrap piles of ancient nomadic tribes in Europe and elswhere.