No, I won’t keep you guessing today. This is a cucumber – and a fertilised one at that.
After spying the first baby cucumber, I did an internet search and discovered a page which said that indoors cucumbers shouldn’t be fertilised as this makes them bitter. So, erring on the side of caution, I decided to follow this advice.
Thing is, this poor little cuc now feels so unloved it is dying. I therefore realised that in future I would be in there with my paintbrush to give fertilisation a better chance. As with the aubergine, even one fruit would be excellent at this moment in my gardening life… but I can see another baby with a flower about to open, so maybe I can get hopeful for more?
© Helen Butt, August 2014