Cucumbers, Prepare what you Grow


I like to grow cucumbers each year. I make pickles out of them, both bread and butter pickles and dills. I can some and make refrigerator pickles with some. But if you don’t like to make pickles (which are really easy  to do and so much better than the ones from the store) I have a few other ideas for you. A few of the recipes I will be adding soon but I will give you a few to get you started in case you have an abundance of cucumbers right now from the garden.

I like to grow pickling cucumbers. They are smaller and have fewer or smaller seeds in them. Making them great for pickles but equally nice in other dishes. I just find them more versatile than the regular slicing cucumbers. But you don’t have to have pickling cukes, slicing cukes will work great in any of these recipes.


I will be posting soon about the Dill Cucumber Salad our family likes. I will also be posting some refrigerator pickle recipes. If you have never tried making your own pickles before try one of these recipes and see what you think. If you don’t have pickling cukes you can buy the baby cucumbers at Costco or get pickling cukes at the Farmer’s market or sometimes even Winco Foods has them.

Here are a few recipes I found to give a try, I will add mine as I get the recipe posts up on the blog too.

Sesame Cucumber Salad
Quinoa Tabouli with Cucumber
Crisp Cucumber Salsa
Cucumber Peanut Salad

Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles
Dill Refrigerator Pickles
Dill Cucumber Salad


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5 thoughts on “Cucumbers, Prepare what you Grow”

  1. Hi Shelly!

    So cool how you are able to grow an abundance of cucumbers in your own garden. I wish we could do this. When we had a garden a few years ago, we ended up getting an abundance of cucumbers the first year and then the next year, for some reason, we only got a handful or so of good ones.

    This year, we have no garden, and with all the bugs around us…I don’t see us gardening in the near future. 🙁 I’m really bummed about this. I had hopes to garden when we moved to GA, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen. There’s a forest across the street from us and right past our backyard, so that’s brings in a lot of bugs.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your pickle recipes! I let my daughter know that we’ll try one of your recipes if we make our own homemade pickles.

    1. You might give a few things in 5 gallon pails a try. I know you could grow tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and even zucchini or cucumber on a tomato cage in a 5 gallon pail. If you gave the pails a try at least you wouldn’t be out all the work to get a garden established if it did get invaded by bugs. We are constantly fighting slugs here. We have so much rain except for July to November just getting the plants going without being eaten can be a struggle. I think in GA you might be able to grow lettuce even in the winter.

    1. I don’t even like tomatoes but I grow them for the rest of the family. I am told that our tomatoes are much better than the ones from the store, by my family.

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