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The Cucumber Grower’s Guide: All You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Eating the Garden’s Coolest Crop

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Cool, crunchy, and easy to grow, cucumbers add a refreshing taste to salads, soups, appetizers—even beverages! So, get ready to learn all about how to grow this popular crop. According to the National Gardening Association, nearly half of all American households grow cucumbers—second…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
You’ve heard the expression “cool as a cucumber”? Well it’s absolutely true! Cucumbers have been used for their cooling and refreshing properties for thousands of years. Not only do many international cuisines incorporate the cucumber in their repertoire, but people have eaten and applied cucumbers to their skin…  READ MORE right arrow
Cucumber on vine

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A single cucumber in the garden.
Cucumbers come in two main types: slicing and pickling. Slicing refers to cucumbers you cut up for eating plain or in a variety of dishes. Pickling cucumbers are generally smaller and are best for turning into pickles. But many growers break out a third type—specialty.…  READ MORE right arrow
Bee pollinating cucumber flower.
Most cucumber plants have seeds and depend on bees and other pollinators for well-formed, healthy fruit. Seeded cucumber varieties will not generally be affected by cross-pollination with other seeded varieties, or with similar vine plants like melons or zucchini. Seedless, or parthenocarpic, cucumber varieties are another matter.…  READ MORE right arrow
A variety of cucumbers.
When you think about how you’ll use your own harvested cucumbers, keep the three categories in mind: Cucumbers for slicing into salads and eating fresh, including garden and English varieties Cucumbers for pickling, including Gherkin and Boston varieties Cucumbers with special characteristics, like Lemon and burpless varieties…  READ MORE right arrow

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