Mixed Slicing Cucumbers

Mixed Slicing Cucumbers


We’ll let you decide what cucumber works best for you by providing a mix of no less than a dozen different kinds that will mostly be in the 6-12 inch range.  Marketmore selections from Cornell, the English heirloom Long Green, Straight Eight,  Burpless types from Japanese breeders, White Wonder, thin skinned Beit Alpha and more.  Welcome to the world of salad cukes.  Many people find that these are also well suited to one of the easiest kinds of pickle projects, making “bread and butter” pickles.  The vines will spread 6 feet or so.  Cucumbers need heat, water and constant harvest to maintain production.
50-70 days                      

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Packet plants 10 ft row (30 seeds)

Plant cucumbers in mid to lat May when the soil is warm.  Harvested young while the skin is tender for the best salad addition or pickle.  They often beginning to bear before 60 days after sowing the seed.  You can plant another crop in mid June to maintain production of cucumbers into the fall.  It is advised that you keep the plants well picked for extended harvest

Make a furrow 2 inches deep in a well prepared garden soil.  Sow one or two seeds 12 inches apart in the row.  Cover the seed with an inch of soil.  The plants will vine often 4-5 feet.  Cucumbers tend to bear better is the soil is rich and drip irrigation is provided during their fruiting.

While pickling types are shorter and perhaps a bit rougher looking, like the long, streamlined slicers they are both fine in salads and sliced with yogurt or pickled.

Cucumber is harvested for seed when mature and bloated with seed and the skin changes color to rich cream or yellow and becomes tough.  You can slice open the fruit and scoop the seed out.  If fully mature a forceful stream of water will separate the seed from the gelatinous pulp in a pail.  The seeds will settle to the bottom and the pulp can be slowly drained away with the water.  Some find it easier to let the pulp and seed ferment a bit before adding water to separate the seed.  The clean seen is poured out onto newspaper or a screen until brittle dry.