How to Grow Kirby Cucumbers

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How to Grow Kirby Cucumbers
Kirby cucumbers are often pickled. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Kirby cucumbers are a small variety of cucumbers. They typically grow 6 inches or less and are known for their bumpy skins and firm flesh. Pickle recipes typically call for Kirby type cucumbers, but they can be used in a variety of other ways as well, such as salad toppers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Kirby cucumber seeds
  • Organic compost
  • Trellis
  • Mulch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sow Kirby cucumber seeds indoors during the spring, at least two weeks before the last spring frost. Plant seeds about one-half inch deep.

  2. 2

    Add organic compost to the soil prior to planting cucumbers in your vegetable garden. Soil should be well drained with a pH of approximately 6.5.

  3. 3

    Plant seedlings 18 inches apart in full sun. Use a trellis to grow Kirby cucumbers, which will help increase air circulation and reduce the risk of mildew.

  4. 4

    Use mulch to suppress any weeds as well as maintain soil moisture.

  5. 5

    Help plants attach to trellises by gently moving branches near them, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Sow again in summer for an extended harvest.
  • Pick cucumbers in the fall before cold weather. Even a light frost can kill your plants.

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