As a youngster, pickles are a vegetable unto themselves. They magically appear in the fridge–crisp, crunchy, and either salty or sweet. Freshly picked from the grocery store shelf, or if you were really lucky, “put up” by Grandma during the summer. Then, we eventually find out that these sandwich partners/burger buddies are actually cucumbers! Mind blown. Who knew eating vegetables could be so delicious??
Pickling cucumbers are a smaller cousin to other cuke varieties, and you can grow them on the ground or on a trellis or support of some kind. I use tomato cages, since they are in the middle of my raised bed.
As your cucumber begins to blossom, the tiny cukes will begin to grow. As with other cucumbers, you don’t want your cucumbers to become too large. If left on the vine too long, they will get fatter, not longer, and this means the seeds will be larger = not good. Who wants a pickle with giant seeds?