What are the pros? Easy, prolific
What are the cons? None
I used to only grow pickling type cucumbers. I tried a new method of planting last year - casting - and decided to try a type that would be forgiving if I were to miss a day of harvesting. I literally tossed these seeds onto the 30x30 bed (mixed in with intermittent sunflower seeds for eventual vine support and shade), raked them in, watered and let it go. I had more beautiful cukes this year than ever, and of all sizes. In the past, if I were to miss a cuke on harvest, it would be big, tough, dry and pithy by the time I found it. With these, you can harvest cukes as big as zucchini and they will still taste like a slicer from the store. The vines that were under the mammoth sunflowers seemed to do the best, as we had a pretty major drought this year (lots of sunshine). I will likely plant these together (zone 5) indefinitely. Besides the shade, the sunflowers provide a gorgeous pole for the cucumbers to climb upon and plenty of pollinators!
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