Use our easy tips for growing cucumbers in your home vegetable garden.
Adequate water is the secret to raising sweet delicious cucumbers at home.
To save space try vertical vegetable gardening with cucumber plants using a trellis!
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Planting cucumbers in a home vegetable garden is fun and easy.
Even if you don't know how to garden, you will find it easy to succeed with cucumber plants.
With just a few feet of space in the backyard, you can grow these delicious and nutritious vegetables by training them to grow upward on a trellis.
This is a form of vertical vegetable gardening that will save a lot of space in your garden.
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If you have plenty of room in your garden, you can let cucumber plants sprawl on the ground. This will require considerably more space, as many cucumber varieties will spread 6 or 8 feet in diameter.
Some varieties of cucumbers also make excellent container plants.
Be sure to install your cage or trellis in the pot as soon as your cucumber is planted.
If you wait, it will be difficult to train the cucumber vine onto the trellis without causing damage to the vine.
When planning your vegetable garden layout, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You can choose from three cucumber types:
You can, however, pickle both the slicing and pickling types when the cucumbers are picked while still small.
Although there are two ways of planting cucumbers – direct sow and transplant method – you are sometimes better off with direct sowing, as care is needed not to disturb the roots when transplanting. To save time, however, small plants can be purchased or started in pots to be transplanted at the proper time.
If you plant more than one cucumber plant, they should be at least 4 to 5 feet apart to ensure good feeding and to allow some space to walk between the vines.
Also, you might want to consider trellises made of metal or untreated wood to train the vines upwards in a vertical garden to take less space.
If your soil has not been enriched with humus or compost, you may want to use some fertilizer.
Cucumbers are a quick-growing plant, so it is important to supply water and nutrients throughout the growing season.
Before planting the cucumber seeds, you have to determine that the danger of frost has passed, as cucumbers are a subtropical plant and require relatively warm temperatures.
When the warm soil is ready, you can make small furrows an inch deep into the beds and drop 3-4 seeds in each hole.
Completely cover the seeds with soil although you must not pack it too tightly.
Tiny cucumber plants are easily damaged during transplanting.
Therefore, if you have time, it may be wise to start growing cucumbers from seeds.
But if you decide to purchase small plants, try to find them in bio-degradable containers that can be planted directly in the ground without disturbing the little plants.
After planting the seeds or small plants, the process of growing cucumbers gets easier.
You just need to keep the plants weed-free and well-watered.
Water more frequently when the plants are small, as the root system is near the surface and will dry out quickly.
Applying mulch around the plant can help retain moisture and prevent weeds.
As the plants grow larger, frequent and deep watering is best.
It helps to select cucumber varieties that are not prone to bitterness.
However, if your cucumbers taste bitter, it is likely because they did not receive enough water.
Cucumber plants seem to need more water than the rest of the garden plants.
1. Take a one gallon can, making holes all around the bottom of the can with a pointed can-opener.
2. Bury it in the ground next to the cucumber plant.
3. Use the garden hose to fill the can with water several times a week.
This worked well to give her cucumber plants extra water without over-watering the rest of the garden.
Also, because the can is buried, and the holes are in the bottom, the water is released deep in the ground where the thirsty cucumber roots have access to the water.
This watering method also helps prevent mildew from damaging your plants.
Cucumber vines are susceptible to powdery mildew if the vines are often wet overnight.
Be sure to water in the morning, so the foliage has time to dry completely before nightfall.
Cucumber plants can be subject to several pests and diseases in the early stages of growth, although most of the varieties available in your local garden center should be healthy and trouble free.
Avoid using insecticides in your garden during the time that pollinating insects such as bees are busy working the flowers.
Cucumber plants grow quickly and produce their fruit quickly.
Soon enough, you’ll have a bumper crop of cucumbers for your salads and pickles!
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