From the curcurbitaceae family, the gherkin is similar to the cucumber. However, in small format, it is more of a condiment than a vegetable, ideal for accompanying cold meats and tongue with hot sauce.there are several varieties: the Brawo, the small green Paris or the Excelsiors. Planting gherkins is within the reach of beginners who are starting their first vegetable garden.
To sow them in the ground, it is necessary to wait until May. But you can sow them in the greenhouse in March and April. This schedule is essential because the soil must be moist but not muddy. It is also necessary to think of sowing it in a space which profits from the full sun in your garden. The soil must also be enriched with compost. To plant them, you need to make clumps of 40 to 60 cm apart. When the plants measure about 15 cm, thin out the plants to keep this distance.
To maintain the gherkins, it is necessary to water the plants well and regularly remove the weeds or simpler, to leave a thick mulch at its foot. The harvest is done between July and September, by picking the gherkins which arrive at maturity. It is also necessary to tame the stems by putting them on stakes. They can also be left creeping but cut to define their space.