I pulled my first cucumber last week-the earliest I’ve ever done it. It’s been late summer in past years that I’ve been able to begin harvesting my cuc’s. I did change varieties and that might be the biggest reason for the earlier harvest. In recent years I’ve always grown Marketmore, but this year I went with the Iznik cuc’s after reading very positive reviews.
This particular cucumber tasted really good. The flavor was perfect and the skin was very thin, which is something that’s important to me. I don’t like chewing into a thick skinned cucumber at restaurants. The other thing I dislike is a heavily seeded cuc. These were not issues at all with this particular variety.
The other fun thing to mention about growing cucumbers in the square foot gardening system is the small amount of space you need. In this system all vining crops are grown vertically, and with cucumbers you can grow 2 per square. My needs only require me to use 2 square feet, which means I have 4 cucumber plants growing vertically. You’ll have better air circulation, the fruit is kept off the ground, and it just looks a lot cleaner. This one is laying on the ground but that only because it’s the first one. All others will be up off the soil.
You can find Iznik cucumbers at Cook’s Garden Seed-another one of my favorite places to buy great tasting things