Cucumbers are the most easy-care vegetables in the veggie-Realm. Popular varieties such as Lemon Cucumber and Northern Pickling Cucumber can grow in any amount of space because of its ability to climb!
They grow fast and are nicely suited to containers and small, indoor gardens. Just provide them with the necessary amount of water and daily sunlight.
How to seed cucumbers?
Cucumbers can be seeded outdoors and indoors. If you’re planting the seedlings on external areas, make sure to do it no earlier than two weeks after the last frost date. After all, they are EXTREMELY susceptible to frost damage!
Make sure to plant them in a season in which the soil can be stabilized at least 70ºF, in a place where it can receive full sunlight (about 8 hours per day). If you live in the cooler climates, you can help the container garden to be warmer by covering the row with black plastic – it may do the job just right.
Normally, you can plant cucumber seedlings about on inch deep, and 30 to 36 inches apart, depending of variety. Also, keep the soil fertile! Cucumbers like fertile composts, moist and well-drained (not soggy).
How to care for cucumber plants?
Water consistently! Cucumbers need one inch of water per week, at least. Observe the soil though the week and control its consistency: put your finger on the container and feel it – if it’s dry past the first joint of your finger, it’s time to water.
Also, water slowly, avoiding the leaves so that they don’t get pest diseases that ruin the plants. If possible, use a soaker hose or drip irrigation. Keep the foliage dry.
When the seedlings begin to emerge, water the soil with a higher frequency, increasing it to a gallon per week. That’s when the fruit forms and start to gain weight.
Harvesting cucumber plants
When the cucumbers reach about 6 to 8 inches long, it means that it’s time to do some harvesting! Some may get larger than that, but it depends on your judgement - 10 inches can be the limit for Lemon Cucumbers and Northern Pickling Cucumbers. Don’t let them get too large, otherwise they’ll taste bitter and lose the sweetness.
Do the harvesting with the help of a knife or clippers, and cut the stem above the fruit. Don’t pull the fruit, because it can damage the vines severely.
Since cucumbers are watery and contain 90% water, you’ll need to store them tightly in plastic wrap. By storing them properly in the refrigerator, the fruits can last for a week to 10 days more!
From the garden to the table!
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