Once the raised bed gardens were set up and filled with soil, I began to plant cucumbers. Many of these varieties I were completely new to me, so I wanted to learn more about them. The first variety that I thought I would focus on is Ashley.
The Ashley cucumber is a straight regular American-style cucumber variety that
performed very well for me. The first couple fruits that were produced
by Ashley were very poorly pollinated.
Once the fruit was
pollinated properly, the color of Ashley began to come through. I really
like the way the fruit has bands of light color in a star-like shape that develops from
the flower end of the cucumber and works its way up the fruit. The shape of the fruit was also very consistent - a real plus for an open-pollinated cucumber variety. The fruit not only looks good, but was
pretty bitter-free. I really enjoyed it.
is a very consistent producer that brings out the best of American-style
cucumbers while still offering something a little different. If given
the opportunity, I would definitely grow Ashley again.