There are several old standbys that I plant in my garden every year. One of my favorites is the Sugar Snap Pea – it’s a great producer throughout the entire gardening season.
The Sugar Snap Pea is easy to grow and produces sweet, tender pods that are great to eat right out of the garden. I plant my peas on a simple trellis made with wooden stakes and chicken wire.
In the bean department, my go-to bean is always the Blue Lake Bush Bean, which produces long, tender, crunchy beans that are great for making Dilly Beans. This year, I also planted the Contender Valentine Bush Bean, which produces earlier than the Blue Lake. Both varieties are bush beans, which need no trellising.
Boston Picking cucumbers are my favorite cucumbers – they’re great right out of the garden, but even better for pickling. They hold up to the pickling process and make crispy, crunchy pickles. This year I also planted Delikatesse cucumbers, which is a rare variety from Germany. These are actually producing better then the Boston Pickling and may take the coveted spot of favorite cucumber.
I plant approximately 35-40 cucumber plants, so I also trellis the cucumbers. Trellising takes up much less room in the garden and keeps the cucumbers off the ground, giving the fruit a more uniform color.
I trellis the cucumbers just like I do the peas, with wooden stakes and chicken wire. I start my cucumbers indoors several weeks ahead and transplant them to the trellis. As they grow, they naturally start to climb. Some vines will go astray, so I gently weave a few of the leaves through the holes in the chicken wire, and in a few days, they’re trained as well.
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