Cucumber - Boston Pickling Cucumber
Approximately 40 seeds per gram.
The Boston Pickling Cucumber is an open pollinated heirloom that dates from 1880’s. It is a heavy yielding vine that produces numerous, small 7-18cm (3-7”) long smooth, crisp cucumbers that are perfect for making pickles. Production will be continuous if picked regularly until frost. Best when harvested at 2 to 6" long. They are awesome in salads and stir fries or eating fresh. They are an excellent choice for home gardens and market growers.
Cucumbers love heat and cannot endure even a light frost. If cold temperatures threaten, cover the seedlings. Since cucumbers love to climb, providing a trellis will save space in your garden and produce straighter cucumbers that are easier to pick; however, the vines will simply spread out over the ground if no trellis is provided. Some gardeners use a planting technique called the “3 sisters”, where they plant cucumbers squash and climbing beans with corn, since the 3 plants types will benefit each other and the cucumber, squash and beans will climb the corn. Planting several radishes with cucumbers seems to repel damaging cucumber beetles. Cucumbers do not like being planted near potatoes or aromatic herbs.
Cucumbers grow fast and don’t demand a lot of care. Keep the soil consistently moist with an inch of water per week. Inadequate or inconsistent watering may cause irregular growth and you may end up oddly shaped cucumbers. If possible, utilize drip irrigation to keep leaves dry and slow leaf disease development.