One of the most underrated and versatile vegetables you can have in your garden is the cucumber. Coming in a wide selection of varieties there is a cucumber to fit every taste and purpose. Harvested from your garden while young they are perfect for canning Sweet or Bread and Butter pickles or left to grow a little larger they are just the ticket for Dill pickles.
Cucumbers are great for more than pickles though, they are a great addition to salads, sandwiches and lightly salted they are a refreshing summer treat all by themselves.
Enjoy one of gardening best kept secrets this year. Add the, easy to grow, cucumber to your list of must have vegetables.
TIPS for growing cucumbers: For an early crop start the seeds in Jiffy-7 's or peat pots 3 to 4 weeks prior to outdoor planting. Set plants out after the danger of frost is past. Seeds sown directly in the soil should be planted when the soil warms to 60°F. Plant 5 to 6 seeds in hills 4 to 5 feet apart, thinning to 3 plants
A packet (except hybrids) will plant 12 to 15 hills, 1 oz. about 50 hills. To save space and get straight cucumbers grow on a fence or netting. Approximately 1000 seed per ounce.