. cu­cum­bers

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cu­cum­bers de­signed to be picked small (so you can stack them in jars). Try ‘Pick a Bushel F1’ (Kings Seeds).

‘Iznik F1’ cukes are great for pots. They’re de­light­fully tiny, so it’s a lot eas­ier to get through eat­ing them all than some of the larger va­ri­eties.

There’s no need to peel them ei­ther – the skin is sweet with no bit­ter­ness and the seed­less flesh in­side is crisp, crunchy and thor­oughly de­li­cious.

Pests and dis­eases

Pow­dery mildew is the cu­cum­ber’s big­gest en­emy, but as long as they’re planted in open, sunny sit­u­a­tions with loose, well-drained soil and are wa­tered in­fre­quently but deeply at the base of the plant, it won’t nor­mally af­fect them un­til the end of sum­mer.

Take ac­tion as soon as you spot ghostly white spots usu­ally on the old­est and low­est leaves.

Spray weekly with a mix­ture of 250ml whole milk (blue top), 750ml wa­ter, tea­spoon bak­ing soda and a few drops of dish­wash­ing de­ter­gent.

Thor­oughly cover all leaf and stem sur­faces un­til they’re drip­ping.

The milk and bak­ing soda form an al­ka­line bar­rier that isn’t con­ducive to the acid-lov­ing fungi.

Check for white­fly and mites un­der the leaves too.


To keep fruit com­ing on, har­vest daily and pickle or pre­serve any ex­cess.

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