Opinion

CUCUMBERS

CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are grown in home gardens in all regions of Minnesota. They are typically eaten raw in salads or pickled. Like other “vine crops” such as squash, melons, and pumpkins, cucumbers grow most vigorously and produce the most fruit in warm weather. Long taproots and branching surface roots enable cucumber plants to access soil moisture even in dry weather, however vine crops are heavy water feeders and soil moisture should be constantly monitored. Some varieties form long vines that may ramble or be trellised; others are bush types that fit more easily into a small garden. Cucumber plants bear separate male and female flowers on the same plant (monoecious), and pollen must be transferred from the male flowers to the female flowers by an insect. Male flowers usually appear first, each attached to the plant by a slender pedicel, or stem. Female flowers are attached close to the main vine, and between the flower and the vine is a small round ovary, the unfertilized fruit. Cucumber flowers are typically pollinated by bees.

The upside of COVID

The upside of COVID

I’m as stir-crazy as anyone over this Corona situation. There are lots of moments and days when I find it hard to look on the bright side. The dark side is just so ominous and tempting.

Letter to the Editor

I want to thank the editor and Honker staff for publishing this wonderful newspaper, it is one of the best in the area. I really like the stories about the history of Middle River, my home town.

Make Your Mark

According to the Administration on Aging, when the Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older adults lived in poverty and there were few programs to help them meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

Photo of the week....

Photo of the week....

Honker editor KayDell Super focuses diligently while handling a Middle River Record to be used in the “Honker Flashback”. KayDell noted that “It was humbling holding history in my hands - but with every turn of the page, I was fearful of it disintegrating in front of my eyes! And then I really experienced an eye opener when I realized I was 5 years older than this very old paper!”

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