I consider myself a beginning vegetable gardener, even though I've been working with ornamentals for 30+ years. After several years of trying, I've finally managed to get my first ever homegrown cucumber. We don't go into all the failures as they are unimportant for this post. After harvesting my first ever cucumber last night, we found the skin to be bitter. If I'm not mistaken it's a burpless slicing varirety.
It was about 7" long, and about a 1" across (smaller than the standard ones you get in the grocery store around here). I'm trying to narrow down what has causes the bitterness, and wondering if I can fix it for future fruit this year.
From what I've been reading, it seems like inconstant watering might be the most likely cause. It gets water 3-4 times a week depending to temperature.