Doug was given a cucumber plant by one of the ladies at work. All I can say is WOW! One plant and we have had TONS of cucumbers. Doug requested bead and butter pickles, so that is what he got. I have never made them before so I turned to the Ball Blue Book of Canning for a recipe.The pickles smelled so good. And I just love seeing my pantry shelves fill up with all this homemade goodness. I know it will bring a little splash of summer during the cold New Hampshire winter.