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Our organic small cucumbers are Early Fortune sort that surprisingly is easy to grow and very useful in the kitchen. They can be eaten fresh and is the perfect pickler cucumber. They can be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack or used to add flavor in a variety of dishes. Cucumbers are low in calories, containing many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high-water content. They also contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Fresh Early Fortune cucumber taste so much better than store-bought ones and are much healthier too. Specialist advice that eating cucumbers with the peel provides maximum amount of nutrients. This is a difficult task considering the overall pesticides and herbicides footprint on the produce sold in stores. So why not grow your lawn cucumbers. Give it a try! It is very easy!
Preparation for planting
When planting Early Fortune cucumbers choose warm, well-drained soil. Good soil will have plenty of organic matter, such as compost. Adding compost to the soil will help get your cucumbers off to a good start, and applying organic fertilizer, such as manure, will help give the plants nutrients during growth. When you begin preparing the soil, remove any rocks, sticks or other debris and then mix ample amounts of organic matter and fertilizer into the soil.
The best way to support the plant is by wire or string trellis. You can buy ones from your local nursery or online as well as make your own. The trellis should be at least 150 cm (around 5 feet) tall and because the fruit can become quite heavy, it should also be strong. Cucumber vines will not naturally attach to a trellis or cage. They need to be trained by twining them around the wire or string or tying them with soft plant ties, but not ties with wire in the center. When the vines reach the top of the trellis or cage, they can be allowed to bend over and hang down to within 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) of the ground.
There are many advantages to growing them on a trellis. Vines that are supported on a trellis are easier to harvest, produce better quality fruit and have fewer soil-borne diseases. Cucumber vines trained on a trellis or wire cage use less space in a small yard.
How to plant
Our small organic cucumbers are quite suitable for growing in small spaces or even in containers. They need very warm soil to germinate so make sure that you pick a very sunny area in both cases.
Early Fortune cucumbers are easily injured by frost so planting should be delayed until the soil temperature reaches 15-30°C (60-85°F) and all danger of frost is past. It is better to wait until early to mid-June to plant the cucumbers. In our experience, it is safer to start transplants indoors in individual peat or coir pots 3-4 weeks before transplanting out into warm soil. If you decide to start indoors, we advise you to use bottom heat. When the seedlings develop their third true leaf transplant them outside. Make sure that the plants are not too big when you move them or they may experience transplant shock.
They may be planted in hills or rows about 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) deep and thinned as needed.
Caring for the plant
Continuous water supply is necessary for the best quality fruits. Organic cucumbers are vigorous and need lots of nutrition and water. Use plastic mulch, plant under floating row cover or cloches – anything to warm things up. Once the weather warms up, keep soil evenly moist. When plants begin to flower, remove covers so bees can access the flowers to pollinate. Another way to pollinate the flowers is to use a cotton swab (aka a Q-Tip) and rub gently each stamen. Fruit that is not fully pollinated will be very small and shriveled and should be removed from the plant. Most varieties should produce fruits until the weather begins to cool down.
Try to water the soil only, keeping the leaves as dry as possible. Cucumbers, like other cucurbits (squash, melons, and pumpkins), are heavy feeders. If organic matter was incorporated into the soil prior to planting, fertilizer will not be needed early in the season. However, when the cucumber plants begin to blossom and set fruit, a side dressing of balanced soluble fertilizer will help keep the plants in production.
When to harvest
When properly cared for and kept free of disease, cucumbers produce long, slender fruit that ranges in length from 7 to 60 cm (3-24 inches). It is ready for harvest in 50 to 70 days from planting, depending on how you plan to use them. If you let the fruits get too large their taste will change and they will not be at their best.
At peak harvesting time, you should be picking cucumbers every couple of days as they will grow quickly. You should remember the following rule:
- Harvest regular cucumbers when they about 15 to 20 cm long (6-8 inches).
- Harvest dills at 10 to 15 cm long (4-6 inches) and pickling cucumbers at 5 cm long (2 inches).
- The large burpless cucumbers can be up to 25 cm long (10 inches) and some types are even larger.
Fruit forms and ripens rapidly, so once the fruit has started to develop cucumbers should be harvested at least every other day and the fruit not allowed to turn yellow.
You must keep picking the cucumbers regularly because if they get too big, the plant will stop producing fruit.
How to harvest and store
Using a knife or clippers, cut the stem above the fruit. If you try to pull the fruit it may damage the plant. Remember, cucumbers are over 90 percent water. Store wrapped tightly in plastic wrap to retain moisture. They will keep for a week to 10 days when stored properly in the refrigerator.
We suggest planning Early Fortune cucumbers beside asparagus, beans, Brassicas, celery, corn, dill, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, and tomatoes. Avoid planting near potatoes and sage. Aromatic herbs such as sage which will stunt the growth of the plant. Both corn and sunflowers can act as a trellis for cucumbers to good effect. Also, dill will help cucumbers by attracting predatory insects, and nasturtiums will improve the flavor and growth of cucumbers. To repel aphids and beetles, plant marigolds and nasturtiums among your cucumbers.
- Planting seasonearly to mid-May (indoors)
- Number of seeds2-3 seeds in each spot
- Depth1.5 cm (1/2 inch) deep
- Days to maturity60 days after planting the seedlings
- Row spacing150-180 cm (59-70 inch) apart
- In-row spacing30-60 cm (11-23 inch) apart
- Sunlight8 hours of sun per day
- Wateringonce every 2 days (keep the soil moist)
- Harvesting7 to 10 weeks after planting
- PlantOrganic Small Cucumber
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- First seedlings date
- First harvest date