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Cucumbers are one of my favorite garden plants to eat and grow!

I wanted to make this thread to help me keep track of and document my cucumbers.

Hopefully it can be helpful to others also!
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These baby cucumbers were planted right before a rain, had great germination, and are planted closely together.

I plant them along the edge of my garden fence so they can grow on it as a trellis.

I really like sliced cucumbers in vinegar, and I want to grow dill and pickle some cucumbers this year.

Anybody have any good pickling recipes?
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Steve, I do not have any good pickling recipes but I have a dish I love.

I like to cut up a mild onion, thinly sliced carrots and cucumber then douse with apple cider vinegar and a dash of olive oil.  If I have them I will throw in some pickled jalapenos and olives.  This is a nice fresh salad to eat in the heat of the summer.  
 
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I need to grow some cucumbers.
 
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Scott Foster wrote:Steve, I do not have any good pickling recipes but I have a dish I love.

I like to cut up a mild onion, thinly sliced carrots and cucumber then douse with apple cider vinegar and a dash of olive oil.  If I have them I will throw in some pickled jalapenos and olives.  This is a nice fresh salad to eat in the heat of the summer.



That sounds yummy Scott, thanks for sharing that!
 
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The small cucumber plants' first true leaves are growing.
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Steve Thorn wrote:The small cucumber plants' first true leaves are growing.


So much better than  mine. And, after a week of 30 + degrees, we are back down to 12 - 14 next week. Just as I've planted out my toms.
 
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Yeah the weather has been really weird here too recently.

It was 50 degrees F. about 3 weeks ago and we were getting rain pretty regularly, and then it changed almost immediately to 90 degrees and no rain on top of that. I know the plants were super confused, but most of them have weathered (pun intended) it pretty well.

Hope you get some tasty cucumbers soon!
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:
I really like sliced cucumbers in vinegar, and I want to grow dill and pickle some cucumbers this year.

Anybody have any good pickling recipes?



I do not like pickles at all, and last year (with an enormous cucumber harvest) I decided to make some home made refrigerator pickles for my pickle loving husband. I just used a cup of apple cider or white wine  vinegar, a couple cups of water, cut cucumbers, then threw them in the mason jar with a bunch of fresh dill, garlic, a bit of salt, and whatever peppers we had laying around (everything from jalapeno to Serrano to some super hot peppers I don't remember, basically whatever you have). You can also add whatever other spices you want. I sealed them up, put them in the fridge, and a couple weeks later had pickles that even me, a pickle hater, devoured.

There are a ton of recipes online, but the key for me was not adding sugar, or at most adding a teaspoon. I realized the store bought pickles are just full of sugar, and the pickles all floppy. It was hard for me to believe how easy it was to make them myself and how good they are! They won't keep as long as proper canned pickles, but the stayed good for me for a month of so after ready. They were so good though that they were eaten very quickly. This might be a good way to start.
 
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That's awesome Kali, thanks for sharing that!

It sounds delicious, definitely going to have to try that!
 
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More true leaves showing and starting to really grow fast now!
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I love seeing cucumber plants growing, it reminds me of summer!
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