Ukrainian Slicing Cucumber
Start indoors 3 weeks before last frost and transplant to indicated spacing after threat of frost has passed; or direct sow seeds spaced 4 inches apart as soon after last frost, then thin to indicated spacing once seedlings put on their first true leaves. Plant in moderately fertile soil and water regularly. Can be trellised if space is tight or allowed to grow on the ground. Harvest when cukes are green and white and skin begins to turn smooth, but before they are shiny and yellow. Fruits are tender, sweet, and tasty fresh-slicing cukes at up to 8". Sow again in early summer for fall harvest.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
Kateryna Kryvolap is an artist originally from Ukraine who makes her home in Canada. In her paintings, she expands the boundaries of Petrykivka, a traditional Ukrainian decorative style said to have the magical power to protect from sorrow.