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Waterloo Ontario. Harvesting cucumbers.

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Waterloo Ontario. Harvesting cucumbers.

Post  petee_c on 8/8/2016, 2:21 pm

Is there an ideal size/yield ratio for harvesting cucumbers? 

We've got 2-3 cucumber plants taking over our raised garden. 

We harvested our 1st cucumber last night. It was probably 7-8" long. We were surprised at the prickly  texture of the skin. 

Tasted great. Washed the skin with a nylon scrubby and got the prickly bits rubbed off. 

Our garden probably gets 6 hrs of sun /day. We have another cuke the same size, plus a bunch of tiny ones. What size do you harvest your cucumbers? Does harvesting the bigger ones promote the growth of the smaller ones?
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Re: Waterloo Ontario. Harvesting cucumbers.

Post  yolos on 8/8/2016, 2:32 pm

The prickly feature is dependent on variety.  I grow Muncher cucumbers which are not prickly but are smooth skinned.  We can pick them and eat them sitting in the garden. 

The size also depends on the variety.  I grow one cucumber that the package says to pick at 4 - 6 inches.  Another variety says 8 inches.  Another one says 6-8 inches.  If they get too big they become pithy.

Yes, harvesting the cucumbers before they get too big promotes the setting on of more cucumbers.
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Post  sanderson on 8/9/2016, 2:26 am

Yolos, you gave a good response.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/9/2016, 8:53 pm

Petee_c ... We are visiting in your area. We have been in Cambridge for a few days and on Wednesday we will pass by you on our way to Elmira. Hoping to get over to Anna Mae's Bakery and Restaurant in Millbank as well.

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