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English or Dutch cuke varieties are long and cylindrical with edible skin, and are usually grown for slicing. Then there are the smaller versions like ‘Beta Alpha’ or ‘Mini’, which are often pickled and which have thicker skin and more noticeable prickles.

Cucumber plants are sprawling vines that can take up a bit of space and need to be trained vertically for the best results. Look out for the bushier varieties for small gardens as well as for containers and hanging baskets.

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The best way to support them is to make a frame consisting of poles at either end of

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