For a little while longer I’m keeping the cucumber plants indoors. There’s still a slight risk of overnight frosts, so they’re near one of the windows in pots for now.
I’m growing three varieties:
- Marketmore, which has performed well in previous years and makes weighty 8 inch fruits
- Cornichon de Paris, a first time grow for me, which promises lots of small gerkhins, ideal for pickling
- Grandal, again new to me and sized somewhere between the two others, being good picked small at 3 inches or left to grow a bit larger.
The Grandal plants are racing ahead and already have yellow flowers. Look closely behind the flowers and you can see the tiny cucumbers forming:
It’s a trailing variety and the stems are noticeably flexible, so when planting them outside I’ll trail them up a trellis to keep the fruit off the ground where slugs would have a feast.
I’m very much looking forward to lots of cucumbers come harvest season. They’re one of those vegetables that combines good taste with great health benefits, so will always be a wortwhile grow.
Oh these look so nice. I hope the transition is easy for them. I started cucumbers in the house a few years back only to have the wind tear them apart when I put them outside.
That’s wise advice Lucinda, thank you. I’ve a sheltered warm spot in mind for them but will be extra cautious because of that risk you describe.
I’m keeping mine ‘cwtched’ up in the greenhouse for a while longer too…hope the weather warms up soon though 🙂
Smart move 🙂 Yes, April was dire weather-wise. With warmer weather it’ll be great to regain use of the dining table!
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