cucumbers on your face & cucumbers that save space

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Home | 8 Comments

Time to bust cucumber beauty myths. I know you’ve been waiting for this. Ever put cucumber slices on your eyes when they feel tired and puffy? Well it works. Cucumbers have been found to reduce inflammation and swelling due to their powerful antioxidants and flavinoids. Just remember to chill your cucumber before putting them on your eyes as they work through the cooling effects of evaporation and are best applied for around 5 minutes. Although I usually eat cucumbers, it’s comforting to know that if I decide to put them on my eyes, I’m not cray cray. However, the best way to avoid puffiness around the eyes is a low sodium diet. You might know what I mean when I say, you wear the pizza you had for dinner on your face the next day.

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Moving on…if you want to grow cucumbers in a small space, like hanging baskets or containers, Spacemaster cucumbers are your friend (Cucumis sativus). Spacemasters are the masters of saving space and don’t dominate your surroundings like other cucurbits. It’s a compact plant, but boy, will you get a high yield of fruit. I don’t even bother to trellis them when they’re in the ground. The good news is Spring and Summer is the time to plant! All you need is a sunny, well drained position and keep them well watered. Think about it, cucumbers are about 95% water so they’re gonna suck up lots of water. Remember to always chuck a couple of handfuls of compost in when planting and never water the leaves-just the roots. Harvest when they’re about 10cm long and remain cool as a cucumber in summer!

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8 Comments

  1. Mackay Sherry
    November 30, 2017

    Hi Jen
    I do love cucumber 🥒. So refreshing. You can feel it doing you good as it goes down. I don’t think the plants would like our clay soil here tho the possums might! Cheers sherry. Merry Xmas. Xx

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    • lostinutensils
      December 1, 2017

      Cucumbers are definitely one of my summer favourites! I agree, clay soil probably won’t go down well lol. Merry Xmas Sherry! x

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 2, 2017

    They really do work on the eyes! I saw a woman before and after her cucumber eye mask and it was amazing 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      December 3, 2017

      Yep, it’s all in the science! Cucumbers are awesome and multipurpose 😄

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    December 4, 2017

    I would love to grow these as I have no space! Now I know what seeds to look for. thanks Jem.

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    • lostinutensils
      December 4, 2017

      No worries Sam-glad you know what to look for. Happy planting!

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  4. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    December 4, 2017

    Cucumbers are amazing for water retention as well. I suppose with the drought still in full force here I won’t be planting any.

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    • lostinutensils
      December 4, 2017

      That’s right Tandy. You guys are really doing it tough with the continuing drought restrictions.

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