Cucumbers, Amaranth, Squash Vine Bores, Asian Long Beans

This is just a mid summer update from the urban survival garden. That really is one cucumber plant that has taken over the trellis. The camerawoman had trouble staying in focus on the squash borers so I spliced in some footage of them. The clipping sound you hear during these shots is me cutting the little pricks in half! Note also how great the gypsy peppers are doing and how many side shoots the Hopi Red Dye Amaranth is putting out. Make sure to tune in to parts two and three.
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39 Comments


  1. If you are looking for a heavy producer without the threat of the squash borer, Baker Creek has a squash that is called Zucchino Rampicante. I grew this last year and let a few get between 4′ and 5′ long before harvesting. It isn’t bothered by many of the pests that bother other plants.


  2.  I saw golden giant on baker creek seeds. They said that it was a heavy producer. Will it grow during the summer heat?


  3. – That is hopi red dye in the video. It is really a cool weather variety but if you plant it early it will do fine. It will turn far more green though once the heat picks up and loose some of that really pretty red color. This year I grew golden giant and I am totally sold on it as a grain variety, I had only 18 plants and got 11 lbs of grain from them.


  4. I enjoyed your video. Lots of good information. I hope to grow amaranth this year. What variety of amaranth did you grow. I’m in Florida, so I want a variety that can take the heat.


  5. I live in the bottom of SC and someone told me that they tried to grow yellow sqaush for five years (this was of course after I lost mine to sqaush bugs). Now they are growning in large plasic kids swimming pools raised off the ground for two years and have had no problems at all. I have my fall sqaush growing in one right now.


  6. Shredded Cyprus.  It is cheap, breaks down nice and doesn’t float away in the rain.


  7. What are you using for mulch? I like it!


  8. i’ve grown lemon cukes for the last 2 years. i agree, they’re very prolific, although i haven’t been that enthused about the flavor of them so much. the persian cukes are my favorites. good job on your garden. cheers.


  9. What type of lay out has he done with his raised bed?


  10. I might have to try growing some amaranth.


  11. Well, now I know what Tomato blight looks like. I have been having some trouble with it, but thankfully just the lower limbs of the plant.

    Our squash suffered a similar fate almost over night. We thought it might be grubs, but we will have to see if it was these bugs instead. We had a good first crop out of them before they died.

    Awesome video Jack!


  12. my cucumber garden is 14 feet-tall!


  13. I’m jealous. I’ve got a lot of learning to do!


  14. Good stuff Jack


  15. Thanks Jack! Very interesting.


  16. 1:43 looks like pumkin rape lol


  17. G’day mate :)


  18. ha ha 🙂


  19. Pumpkin sex. Oh yeah, baby.


  20. That’s stretching it a tad… Just good at google & still have a few brain cells that were present in biology many jar’s ago..


  21. Thats fine mate, you are an inspiration.


  22. Greg we love you man. You’re a fine soul in a world of heathens and pagans.


  23. It’s been a while


  24. Thanks Frosty


  25. l didn’t mean to but it sure looked pretty erotic


  26. Nice to know about just tearing off the male plant. I used a Q-tip for some squash once, it seemed to work.. but who really carries a Q-tip with them around the garden. 🙂


  27. Ah, just the answer I needed! 🙂
    Many many thanks!


  28. PS I feel so stupid. I always thought it was a disease or a deficiency in the soil that made them fall off. Now I know I should have been “loving” my pumpkins as you do…..


  29. Oh yeah pumpkin porn!


  30. Serious points for managing to keep a straight face and it’s so good to have you back..Love from Charelston, S.C. P.S. I’d love a 1GOD1JESUS vid.. it’s been a rough few mnths listening to the fanatical religious right spew their insanity, and you were an outlet for me in that regard.


  31. Thanks Greg! I needed this one!


  32. Ahah you gave the flower an old fashion
    nice one greg


  33. Sexy damn flowers.


  34. Good God Man! This is a family channel! —- You just had to go and make gardening sexual. Now didn’t you! — 🙂


  35. I had no idea you could do that.. great video Greg. Good to have you back!


  36. Greg is back! Yay 🙂


  37. It works with all cucurbits which have Imperfect flowers meaning they need a male flower to pollinate the female flower to form fruit/seeds… The cucurbit family includes melons, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, marrow, luffa & others.. Some hybrids will self pollinate though..
    HTH & sorry for treading on any toes Greg old cap…
    Tomatoes have perfect flowers which means that they have both male & female parts in one neat little package..


  38. Thanks Gregg!
    Scott and Rosie Tehachapi Ca


  39. It works with all plants.

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