Every year I've planted cucumber seedlings in my garden, only to have them chomped down by some garden varmint the day after I plant them, so this year, after seeing it happen again, I filled an old galvanized tub with some potting soil and planted seeds. Is it silly to say I was amazed that they sprouted and thrived?
In late May, we happened to stop by a tractor supply store to pick up some straw for our chickens and I glanced at their seed display. I picked out packets of tiny, cornichon-type cucumbers and a lemon cucumber for my newly filled tub. I also planted some pole beans in case the cukes got eaten up, and underplanted the whole thing with basil, because I never have enough basil.
These babies are my favorites. I don't think I'll have enough to pickle- really I've just been picking and eating 3-4 a day. I think next year I'll plant several more (I have perhaps 7 vines of both varieties) so that I can try pickling them.
What are your favorite cucumber dishes?