Pickling Cucumber – Endeavor
This early bearing pickling or “Kirby” cucumber is a kitchen garden dynamo that produces an extended harvest of dark green, crispy, curved fruits with the traditional knobby “pickle” skin. Hybrid Endeavor is great tasting and high yielding. Vines will keep you well supplied for putting up many jars of your favorite treats like kosher dills, bread-and-butter slices, relish and traditional sweet pickles. Endeavor is also a fine crunchy, fresh-eating cucumber right from the vine. Plants are resistant to mosaic viruses and downy mildew.
Seed Count: 35 – 40 / Weight: 1 gm
Plant heat loving cucumbers only when weather is warm and settled and night temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C). Amend soil well with aged manure or compost. Sow groups of 2 to 3 seeds 1 1/2 feet apart and 1 inch deep with 3 feet between rows.
Thin to 1 seedling per group. Or make slightly mounded hills 5 feet apart, sowing 5 or 6 seeds in each hill. Thin to the 3 strongest plants.
Protect seedlings from marauding birds with plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. Shallow rooted cucumbers need ample and consistent moisture. Avoid overly wet or dry periods for good quality fruit. Growing cucumber vines up vertical supports gives you long straight fruits, saves garden space and makes them easy to harvest.
Cut rather than pull fruits from vines when 3 to 4 inches long. Harvest often: every few days for longest fruit production and so cucumbers don’t get too big on the vine. Try to put up pickles very soon after harvesting for best results. Enjoy some Endeavor cucumbers fresh picked from the garden, sliced up with tomatoes and chopped dill or chives with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
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