Cucumbers for pickling

Yesterday and today I have weeded and harvested the first cucumbers. I will be pickling them tonight or tommorow.

Along with the cukes I pick some dill crowns to flavor the pickles. Garlic, salt, mustard seed and water are the only other ingredients. Lactic acid bacteria is of course the all important pickling agent.

This activity is one of the most important of the summer and will go on once or twice a week until the first frost comes.