If you are anything like I am, biting into that first crispy cucumber from the summer garden is a joy that is difficult to describe. Fortunately, I just found a new cucumber variety that claims to be ready for harvest in 35 days. For those who are counting the days, that means crispy young cukes for the 4th of July - right along with those new potatoes and peas.
According to Pinetree Seeds, this adorable little cucumber called "Little Tyke" matures in just 35 days, produces petite (although it does not give a size) cucumbers, and is a prolific producer. It does note that most of the blooms are female and recommends growing them near other early-maturing cukes.
Of course, that does pose a bit of a problem, as other early-maturity cucumbers typically mature in 50 to 60 days. However, armed with a small paintbrush, you can pollinate the blooms yourself with little effort. You can learn more about hand pollinating cucumbers in Why don't my cucumber blossoms produce cucumbers?
I don't know about you, but I can't pass up the opportunity to grow cucumbers in 35 days - even if they are small and require some hand pollinating.
Until next time .... HAPPY GARDENING!
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