Organic Cucumber: Tanja. Cucumis sativus.
This variety tolerates cool conditions, as far north as we in NI best to grow them under cover, then you’ll get more out of them with a longer season. Producing both female and male flowers, pick out the males if you don’t want to grow seeds.
How to grow:
Sow seeds in pots on heat in April/May. Grow on till there are three true leaves then plant out in the ground or grow bags, in the greenhouse/polytunnel. Best to put support in when planting out, stakes or growing tresles, so they can climb up. This variety is fairly hassle free. Harvest when 11 – 12″ long.
Keep slugs off when young. Can get damping off so water away from the stem, a half buried, inverted plastic bottle with the bottom cut off, close to the root can be filled with water/feed keeping topsoil dry. Keep an eye out for aphids and red spider mite.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Our personal favourite is Turkish cacik, into thick yoghurt add grated cucumber and fresh mint, garnish with oil and salt.
This creeping vine in the cucurbitaceae family originates from India, cultivated for 1,000’s of years.
Avg contents: 15 seeds.