Sunday, June 14, 2015
Journal June 14, 2015 - Picking Cucumbers in mid-June
The greenhouse cucumbers are coming on strong, so it looks like I will have to find some dill and dig out the BIG crock for making garlic dill pickles. This year I am growing a variety that needs no pollination, which makes it ideal for the greenhouse: Matilde.
Features:The perfect-sized cucumbers for making the delicious little pickles known as Cornichon pickles. ‘Mathilde’ cucumbers have no bitterness and can be picked when just 2" long. This is an early-producing variety with heavy yields making it a good choice for Northern climates with short seasons.
Uses:Eat fresh for a delicious and nutritious snack. Slice into salads, layer on sandwiches or toss with vinegar, onion and seasoning. Serve with dip on a vegetable tray.
As cucumbers are mostly water, these plants are really going through a lot of water on hot sunny days. Late yesterday I filled the five gallon reservoir with water and it was necessary to refill it again today. Keeping the reservoir filled and the soil moist goes a long way in preventing deformed fruit.
I simply can't imagine the effort the professionals, at say the BBC, put into their work.