Cucumber – Straight Eight

Product Info

One of the top varieties for slicing, this pickle is perfectly straight, 8″ long and 2-1/2″ across.  Excellent in salads or for canning.  Straight Eight is very vigorous and is a high yielding variety.  Plant in rows 10-12″ apart or on an elevate hill with 2-3 plants per hill.  Cucumbers also grow well on a trellis or a fence and can be picked as needed.  Keep over-mature fruits removed to encourage new growth.

Exposure: Full sun

Matures: 65 days

Spacing: 10-12″ apart

Kid Friendly: Yes

Container Friendly: No

Heirloom: Yes

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DIG THIS!   about Cucumbers:

The inside temperature of a cucumber can be 20 degrees F cooler than the outside.  Cucumbers consist of 95% water and each slice is only about 8 calories.  Keeping the ripe fruits picked at least every other day will encourage new growth and more pickles.

Cucumbers are also very popular as a skin care product.  Cucumbers contain silica, a mineral that can boost collagen production to lessen those fine lines around the eyes.  Refresh your eyes by placing cucumber slices over your closed eyes for 15 minutes.  You can also grate some cucumbers and apply to the area under the eyes for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water.