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Mixing up fresh herbs into a homemade pepper makes a delicious addition to any meal.

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Zucchini, squash, cucumber and muskmelon plants die quickly after blooming, without so much as a goodbye. But if you look closely, you'll see the small puncture holes in the bottoms of stalks and stems caused by these pests, which start life as moths that lay eggs at the base of plants. Inch-long white caterpillars follow and bore into stalks, killing plants as they chew their way around and out. And just when you think the damage is done, they cocoon in the soil until the following year, armed and ready to repeat the carnage.

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A fungal disease that affects beans, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, peas, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins and spinach. Anthracnose presents as small leaf spots with yellow halos that gradually darken and spread to cover entire leaves. On cucumber plants, foliage may drop, and entire vines may die. Tomatoes and peppers exhibit dark, sunken spots that become more apparent as fruit matures. Pea pods become marred with dark lesions. Round, sunken, yellow spots appear on melons, darkening to brown and then black.

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Many vegetables are easy to grow from seed, and a $2 seed packet is a lot cheaper than a full-sized plant or buying vegetables from the store. Try tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, beans, lettuce and beets from seed.

If you need something refreshing and crunchy without a ton of calories, this recipe from @bondenavant is great to have on hand. Make it on the weekends to have it in the fridge throughout the week.

If you loved turning your Lunchables crackers into mini-sandwiches try this low-carb version from @the.amandasmith. She swaps crackers for cucumber, but the fillings are similar to the original.

If you’re trying to cut carbs or just want to get more veggies into your daily diet, you need to try these delicious cucumber avocado roll-ups from @themodernnonna. Turkey breast adds a lean protein, and avocado adds healthy fat, but the sriracha mayo can’t be skipped for flavor.

If you’re not a fan of the bell pepper sandwich hack, @healthylittlepeach has a keto sandwich hack you need to try. Substitute bread with cucumber and add vegan cream cheese, oregano, pepperoni, banana peppers, and red onions for a hoagie-inspired roll-up.

Cucumber boats are another take on the viral cucumber roll trend, and these egg salad “sandwich” cucumber boats from @keto.connect look like the perfect snack or light lunch on a hot summer day.

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This gazpacho is like a refreshing liquid tomatoey salad garnished with small nuggets of cucumber, onion, and bell pepper.

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Ah, gin. Elegant, wonderful gin. Gin is often an ideal base for interesting and nuanced cocktails, and that’s true in the ready-to-drink realm, too. This is the most consistent crop of cocktails I tasted.

While grilled corn is of course on the menu already, this summer corn salad from @veganwithcurves is perfect potluck parties. Lima beans, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and tomato fill this salad with extra flavor.

This plant-based sushi is perfect for anyone who’s wary about preparing raw fish at home. TikTok creator @that.veganbabe makes an epic vegan sushi with plenty of summer produce. Her recipe calls for avocado, mango, carrot, cucumber, and crispy tofu rolled into rice and nori.

Affordable recipe expert @budget_bytes swears by this cucumber salad as the perfect refreshing anecdote to the summer heat. With simple ingredients like rice vinegar, sugar, salt, sesame oil, green onions, peanuts, and red pepper, the fresh summer cucumbers are able to shine.

This healthy lunch recipe from @grainofsofia_rd is crisp and refreshing on a hot day. These vegan spring rolls pack a nutritious punch with cucumber, bell pepper, red cabbage, cilantro, mint, avocado, and tofu. The homemade peanut sauce is a must.

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