Greenhouse English-types Cucumbers|
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String Theory for Cucumbers
If you have plenty of space in your garden itís fine to let cucumbers sprawl on the ground. But in todayís small, often shaded yards, gardeners must make the most of every sunny foot of row. Thatís where trellising comes in.
A cucumber support need not be an elaborate structure. A simple but sturdy frame will do fine, with strings dangling from an overhead bar. Tie the bottom end of each string to a cuke plant in a loose knot, then wind the vine around the string as it grows. Train to one stem, by pruning out all side shoots up to 3í, then letting one fruit form at each leaf node. When the vine reaches the top, train it over the bar, then allow two stems to come down. Youíll get a huge harvest from just one row.
Use string that is at least 2-ply, so it wonít break. If itís untreated, you can put all the vines on the compost pile at summerís end, strings and all.
Warmth-loving Cucumbers may be grown as transplants, sown indoors 2 weeks before the last frost date, or direct-sown well after all threat of frost has passed and when the soil has warmed up to 50°F. Harvest with a sharp blade regularly to promote abundant production before seed cavities swell when small and thin-skinned. Cucumbers’ vines creep stealthily, take care to avoid garden traffic jams. It is successfully trellised vertically thanks to prolific spiraling tendrils. Some varieties are parthenocarpic and seedless, meaning pollination is unnecessary, while most have seeds and require pollination for flower and fruit development. About 90% water, Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese, and yield antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. We love Renny Darling’s Cucumber and Chive Soup with Lemon and Dill and our Asian-inspired Refreshing Cucumber Salad. It’s fun to slice off the ends and hollow them out as little cups for cold Cucumber soup.
Average seed life: 3 years
#2165 Pepinex English Greenhouse Cucumbers: 60-70 days|
Pepinex is a seedless continental or English-type variety that abundantly produces long, slender, straight, slightly ribbed, high quality cucumbers reserved for the best vegetable markets with a very expensive price tag. Grow Pepinexís disease-resistant vines (powdery mildew, leaf spot and gummosis) on a supportive trellis to keep the fruits long and straight. Pepinex has a great flavor without any of the bitterness of a normal cucumber. Its paper-thin skin need not even be peeled. (F1.)
Packet of 10 Seeds / $5.95