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Gherkins again

Postby penny » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:59 am

Hi, I have read the 2008 posts about pickling gherkins but my problem is with only one plant I only get a few the right size at any one time. I would really like to have a way of pickling a decent jar. I wondered about freezing until I had enough but all that water doesn't feel as though that would freeze well.
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Re: Gherkins again

Postby Westi » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:38 pm

Certainly they do not freeze but do keep a fair while in
the fridge so you could pop some aside but with only
one plant could still have a shortage - or very small
jars of pickles.
The other thing is to really nuture and feed the plant
even self polliating the flowers to ensure a bigger harvest.

Sorry not much help really.

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Re: Gherkins again

Postby oldherbaceous » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:58 pm

Pickling isn't really something i know anything about, but i was wondering if, you could just keep adding them to the jar of vinegar as they are ready.
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Re: Gherkins again

Postby Primrose » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:57 pm

It's a bit of a conundrum, isn't it? Perhaps the best way of coping with this is to prepare your pickling liquid.keep it separately and just add it a little at a time to the jar as you top it up with gerkins, so that they're only just covered. It does mean that if you can only top the jar up slowly, all those at the bottom of the jar may be more ready to eat than the ones at the top. So when you finally reach the top of the jar, empty it into another one of the same size, putting the latecomers at the bottom of the fresh jar.
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Re: Gherkins again

Postby penny » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:55 am

Many thanks for your suggestion. First one just appearing so will give it a go.
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Re: Gherkins again

Postby alan refail » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:54 pm

penny wrote:Many thanks for your suggestion. First one just appearing so will give it a go.
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Hi Penny

If you don't mind my asking, where is your one plant?

We are having frosts every night in this fairly mild area of Wales, and I am not even thinking of sowing cucumbers and squashes before this coming weekend.
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Re: Gherkins again

Postby penny » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:36 am

Hi
I grew it at home with basal heat and a light. Now it is in an unheated greenhouse with fleece at night.
It's about 2 ft tall.
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