Cucumbers are a skinny melon that is either used fresh as in salads, cold soups, and sushi, or pickled. Cucumbers come in many kinds, including some nearly seedless (usually called pickling cucumbers), some with waxy skins that are used when slightly more mature (slicing cucumbers), and some that are specially marketed as a kind that gives people less gas than traditional kinds (burpless cucumbers)
|Planting Time: Early MAY (in central Maryland)|
Harvest Time: JUN-AUG (in central Maryland)
Cucumbers are easy to grow - all most need is a trellis to climb up, but not all even need that. There are vining varieties and bush varieties, only the former of which needs a trellis. They can be directly seeded in the garden, although seeding indoors a few weeks earlier can get you a jump on the harvest. I usually much with straw then to keep the weeds down and keep the growing cucumbers off the dirt, but that's about it.
Cucumber suggestions I've seen are as follows:
Pickles are the most obvious way to preserve cucumbers. Another option is to make relish. I grew up on garlic dill pickles, and they're good, but I would really like to find a Vlasic copycat recipe. I am trying one recipe at a time, and I'll let you all know when I find it.
Matt's Garden Notes:
2012: Grew about 6 cucumbers from transplants, all grew very well. Picked constantly for about 2 months before they stopped producing
Recipes using Cucumbers: