Sliced cucumbers fresh from the garden are one of the great tastes of summer. For seasonal eaters like us, it’s the only time of year we have them.
Our primary variety is Straight Eight. For years it was the only cuke we grew. Over the past few years we’ve experimented with other varieties including “burpless” cucumbers, which we grew for a while. Last year on the recommendation of the awesome Pam Dawling we added General Lee and it did very well. We also grew lemon cucumbers and they did OK, but not well enough to make the cut for next year.
In 2015 we’ll be growing Staight Eight and General Lee as well as a long low-acid Asian cucumber called Suyo Long.
Weeds are a major problem with cucumbers. The vines spread rapidly making cultivation impossible. I’m think I’m going to try trellising this year, which should help with that problem. Deer and groundhogs are the other major problems. We try to fence them out, but it doesn’t always work. We usually still end up having to share the cukes with them.
Just six more months until we get to enjoy that first crunchy cucumber of the year!