(Cucumis sativa ‘National Pickler’)
Pickles are a tasty and exciting addition to any lifestyle and culinary range. The secret to a unique, flavourful pickle is in the spices you add to the brine. Take 1kg Pickle Me Cucumbers, 4 small onions, 1 large capsicum, ½ cup of salt, 1 cup sugar, 900ml cider vinegar, 4 teaspoons dried Renaissance Herbs (choose from Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Coriander leaf, Garlic etc). Chop onions, capsicum, cucumbers and place in a bowl with salt and cover with water and soak overnight. Next day combine herbs, sugar and vinegar in pot and then bring to the boil ensuring sugar is all dissolved. Drain cucumber etc. and add to pot. Bring back to the boil then take off the heat and place in sterile jars, seal and place in cool dark area. Will hold for 12 months.
A tropical vegetable that thrives when the weather is hot and water is plentiful. Plants are frost-tender.
Cucumbers do best in warm, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Work in generous amounts of rich compost into your existing garden soil and give regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed over summer and autumn. Cucumbers grow fast and don’t demand a lot of care. Keep the soil consistently moist and begin to harvest in 30-40 days. Check vines daily as the fruit starts to appear. Vines produce more fruit the more you harvest. To harvest the fruit, use a knife or clippers. Pulling them may damage the vine.
|Harvest||DECEMBER TO MAY|
|Position||PART TO FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE|