Just a quick one to tell you about Mrs Anne Byas, a gardener from West Molesey in Surrey on the southern edge of London (and only a few miles from where I grew up).
It’s just come to light that last year she had an amazing crop of cucumbers – 129 from one plant. The variety was ‘Socrates’. One hundred and twenty nine! The previous year she thought she was doing well with forty but last year…
‘Socrates’ is a mini-cucumber for the greenhouse with fruits about 7in/17.5cm long, in a very attractive dark green shade. It comes with built-in resistance to the dreaded powdery mildew and also some other cucumber diseases. It thrives in cooler conditions, and produces seedless fruits without pollination. Ideal if you only have space for one plant.
Anne sowed just three seeds, they all came up, so she gave two away to friends. The first fruits from her remaining plant started cropping in early June and continued until 29 November and she didn’t know what to do with them all. “There’s a only a certain amount of cucumbers my neighbours and I can eat,” she said.
It’s also worth mentioning that ‘Socrates’ is highly rated in the US. In organic trials run by Colorado State University ‘Socrates’ came out top for yield. “‘Socrates’ by far, produced the most cucumbers per plant,” said their report.