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Cucumbers do well on trellises, saving space and making harvesting easier. There’s nothing as delightful as a fresh cucumber (Cucumis sativus) sliced for a snack or salad. This year we are trialing two beit alpha (Persian) cucumber varieties. Beit Alpha cucumbers are descended from wild cucumbers growing in the dry climate of the Middle East. The beit alpha was developed by breeders on an Israeli kibbutz. These small sweet-fleshed cucumbers require no pollination to fruit and tolerate temperatures of up to 100 degrees F. If you have a small garden space, you can grow these in pots or growing bags. When mature, these are most flavorful when no larger than 1.5 inches in diameter. They don’t dehydrate easily, their thin skins don’t require peeling, they are almost completely burpless and have a long shelf life. $4.00 per plant. (Photos approximate.)