My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

Cucumber Varieties

We TRIED to grow several varieties of cucumbers this year .... mostly because I got tired of looking at the packets of seeds I'd accumulated. All we grew were vines, except for two little gherkin-size cucumbers that were absolutely delicious. Types we grew outside:
- Boston Pickling
- De Bourbonne
- National Pickling
- Poinsett 76
- Muncher

If you've been reading my blog, you know we moved into this place just last March. We used this year as our experiment year, seeing if the soil would grow anything. It really didn't do well. It's not actually soil; it's sand on top of sand on top of sandy loam! We're working on it, making raised beds for next year and accumulating manure from our goats, rabbit, and chickens. And we'll place grass clippings, fallen leaves, moldy hay, etc on the beds to "ferment" and compose over the winter.

Meanwhile, I want to choose only ONE kind of cucumber seed for future years. This is what we want out of a cucumber:
- short growing season (90 days, but less is preferred)
- pickle and pickle relish
- eat fresh too
- ok to dehydrate (preferred but not required)
- burpless (preferred but not required)
- small fruits (gherkin-pickle size)
- vine (not bush)
- heirloom (non-gmo ... so I can keep seeds for following years)
- sell extras at market or CSA

I'll grow them as part of my "three cousins" field: sunflowers, cucumbers, and watermelons. Good companion planting. The sunflowers are the stakes for the cucumbers to climb, and the watermelons ramble along the ground, keeping in moisture for all.

Your suggestions for the perfect cucumber would be appreciated.

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