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An essential for any Maritime vegetable garden. Fresh cucumber and tomato sandwiches are always among the highlights of my summer.

Cucumbers were first grown in India, and proved popular everywhere in the world their seeds travelled. The first primitive greenhouses were built by the Romans to grow cucumbers; Emperor Tiberius was such a cucumber fan that he had cold frames constructed of oiled cloth to extend their season. When cucumbers arrived in North America they became one of the first Eurasian crops to be readily adopted by indigenous farmers, who found them nicely compatible with their existing growing methods.

Growing: Cucumbers can be either direct sown or transplanted after the risk of frost has passed, for us that means planting out around the first week of June. I tend to to transplant mine, from an early May sowing in the greenhouse. They're hungry plants, and will appreciate all the compost and fertility they can get. Our major challenge is dealing with the Striped Cucumber Beetle, which can destroy entire plantings if left unchecked. I used to diligently go out to the plants at dawn to squish them; they're easier to catch while they're slow in the cool of the morning. I've recently found an even better technique; covering the young plants with lightweight row cover. The plants are most vulnerable when young, and I'll remove the covers before the plants begin to flower. Harvest starts in August, and the more you pick the more they produce.

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Boothby's Blonde Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Boothby's Blonde Cucumber
Price: $3.00

(Cucumis sativus) This heirloom from Maine is Yonder Hill's favourite. Fruits are on the small side, 4-6” and tan coloured, turning plump and yellow as they ripen. Excellent dual purpose cucumber: stays sweet even when overripe for fresh eating and makes the perfect pickle when picked young.

Tip: amazing as a vinegar pickle, but they often go soft when lacto-fermented. Try National Pickling for the crispiest lacto-fermented pickles! (Photo credits: Chris Sanford/Yonder Hill Farm) 25 seeds (0.75 g)

- Grown by Yonder Hill Farm
Suyo Long Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Suyo Long Cucumber
Price: $3.00

(Cucumis sativus) A very crisp, sweet, tender cucumber that grows about 16" long and stays quite thin. Great fresh or pickled, the fruits have small spines which easily rub off. The cucumbers will spiral if grown on the ground, they'll grow straight if the vines are trellised. Originally from China. 25 seeds (0.75 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Marketmore 76 Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Marketmore 76 Cucumber
Price: $3.00

(Cucumis sativus) The standard slicing cucumber. With thick dark green waxy skin, these cukes are sweet, crisp, and juicy. When grown on the ground, they are plump and 6-8 inches long, but will grow longer and thinner if plants are trellised. 20 seeds

- Grown in Laconia, Nova Scotia by
Yonder Hill Farm
Cucamelon - Annapolis Seeds
Cucamelon
Price: $3.00

(Melothra Scabba) aka: Mouse Melon, Mexican Sour Gherkin. A contender for world’s cutest vegetable! Resembling tiny watermelon, these grape sized fruit taste a lot like cucumber with a tart citrus hint. Really good eaten out of hand, and they make unique pickles. An awesome conversation starter!

The vining plants love to climb, and can reach 8 feet if trellised, but they’re happy sprawling on the ground too. The fruit may be small but are produced in great abundance. Cucamelons love the heat, so give them full sun... similarly to cucumbers or melons.
15 seeds


-Grown by
Annapolis Seeds
Jamaican Burr Gherkin - Annapolis Seeds
Jamaican Burr Gherkin
Price: $3.00

(Cucumis anguria) These softly spiky little guys have quickly become a farm favourite. Like a crispy and juicy cucumber, sweet but also citrus flavoured. The spiky skin is actually quite tender. Awesome fresh, and they also make amazing pickles. Best eaten young, before the seeds develop. The delicate vines sprawl 3-4 feet. 20 seeds


-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Longfellow Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Longfellow Cucumber
Price: $3.00

A very productive variety with lots of long, plump, green cukes. A good multi-purpose cucumber, great for pickles when small or slices when larger. 25 seeds


-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Spacemaster Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds - Heirloom and Open Pollinated Seeds - Grown in Nova Scotia, Canada
Spacemaster Cucumber
Price: $3.00

The variety you want for container gardens and tight spaces, these compact vines only sprawl about 3-4 feet. But while the plants may be small they don’t lack anything in production, a single row gave us loads of plump classic green cukes. 25 seeds


Grown by Annapolis Seeds
National Pickling Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
National Pickling Cucumber
Price: $3.00

Reliable producer of stubby pickling cucumbers. Pick young for fresh eating or baby gherkins, or grow large for big dills. The best choice for lacto-fermented pickles, as it stays more crisp than other varieties. An heirloom from the 1920s. Bred by Michigan State University, on commission for the National Pickle Packers Association. 20 seeds


Grown by Yonder Hill Farm
Lemon Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Lemon Cucumber
Price: $3.00

Everyone’s favourite at the farmers’ markets; the adorable and delicious lemon cuke! Tender and sweet, these vines keep on bearing tennis ball sized fruit for many weeks if kept picked. 25 seeds

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Poona Kheera Cucumber - Annapolis Seeds
Poona Kheera Cucumber
Price: $3.00

This awesome cucumber starts out light green when young, changing to a russet brown as they mature. Exceptional flavour when young; dense and fine textured. They grow slightly bitter with age, they're at their best when green/yellow. Heirloom originally from Pune, India. 25 seeds

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds