How to grow Lemon Cucumber

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The Lemon Cucumber originates from India and can be found in texts as far back as the 16th century! These unusual cucumbers have thin, slightly spiky skins with a milder sweeter flavour than their long green cousins. Tennis ball sized, I often eat mine like I would an Apple, they rarely make it to the chopping board! These are the seeds I used.

Look like lemons, taste like Cucumbers! Lemon Cucumbers are easy to grow and require minimal fuss if you can provide them with a few simple elements. Firstly they require full sun, well drained soil, a frame to climb, and a shovel of well aged manure wouldn’t hurt either. Plant them in rows, about 50cm between each plant, mound soil around the base, it allows water to drain away easily (prevents stem rot). Water regularly, keeping the soil moist but not sodden.

How to sow

Sow seeds March to May on a sunny windowsill or in a heated greenhouse. Plant outdoors or in a Greenhouse once risk of frost has passed (I always grow mine in a greenhouse, British summers are very unreliable)

Harvest

Harvest once firm, ripe and tennis ball sized…enjoy!

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