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Salt and Pepper Cucumber

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  • Salt and pepper cucumbers, also known as "salt and pepper pickles," are a type of cucumber that is prized for its unique appearance and delicious flavor. 


    Salt and pepper cucumbers are typically grown for pickling, but they can also be eaten fresh. They have a crisp texture and a mild, refreshing flavor that is slightly sweeter than traditional cucumber varieties.


    These cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, and can be started from seed indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or sown directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil, and benefit from regular watering and fertilization.


    Salt and pepper cucumbers are typically harvested when they are about 4-6 inches long, although they can be allowed to grow larger if desired. They are often used to make pickles, either by canning or fermenting, and are also a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.


    Days to Maturity: 55

    Seeds per pack: 15

    • Choose a sunny location: Salt and pepper cucumbers need full sun to grow and produce fruit. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: Salt and pepper cucumbers grow best in fertile, well-draining soil. Work in plenty of organic matter like compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility and drainage.

    • Plant the seeds: Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 12-18 inches apart in rows that are spaced about 5-6 feet apart. You can plant the seeds directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.

    • Water regularly: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Salt and pepper cucumbers need regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to avoid getting the leaves wet, which can lead to disease.

    • Support the plants: Salt and pepper cucumbers can grow up to 6 feet long and will need support as they grow. You can use trellises or stakes to support the plants and keep the fruit off the ground.

    • Fertilize: Salt and pepper cucumbers benefit from regular fertilization. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to provide the plants with the nutrients they need to produce fruit.

    • Harvest: Salt and pepper cucumbers are ready to harvest when they are about 4-6 inches long and the skin is a pale green or white. Use pruning shears or a knife to cut the fruit from the vine, being careful not to damage the plant.

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