Germ 6-10 days
According to the 1936 James Vicks Seeds catalog: “Of the black spine type, growing 12-13” long and 3” in diameter. Very popular for slicing and salting when mature, and when small, much esteemed for pickling.” 25 seeds
Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant after last frost without disturbing the roots
Outdoors- 1/2” deep after last frost in warm soil at least 70 degrees
Harvest- Pick daily to keep the harvest flowing.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost. Mulch and keep well watered. Trellising the vines allows for good air circulation and takes less space than hills and provides shade for heat sensitive crops like lettuce.