Planting Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of the easiest, low-maintenance vegetables to grow and that is why I choose them for my garden. Year after year I plant them not thinking twice about anything other than the time of year. This year, after reading the following articles, I am reaping the benefits.

Below, I called out advice from each article I was able to find success. Both offered plenty of support and information, so I highly recommend giving each a read.

In Vegetable Garden Ideas article, “How to Grow Cucumbers,” I found the following tips.

  • Plenty of sunlight, water, and space are given
  • Soil should be rich in organic matter
  • Good soil drainage
  • Grow next to companion plants
  • Consider using a trellises system for the vines to grow on
  • Harvest before they turn big and yellow
  • Be on the lookout for plant pests

For additional great tips, and to learn more about Cucumbers read Sprotabls article, “The Unabridged Guide to Growing Cucumbers.”

  • pH of soil must be at a 7
  • Soil temperatures should fall between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Start planting two weeks after the last frost
  • Continually fertilize the plant for a longer more fruitful season of harvesting

Now that summer has transitioned in to fall I will be repeating the same precautionary steps to be sure next year’s cucumber harvest is just as plentiful.  Especially sending in my samples of soil to determining the pH, organic matter, and checking the contents of my fertilizer. Although the last frost of the year is a ways away, I will be ready to plant after it comes and goes.

For testing your soil click here.

SOURCES:

Bocks, S. (n.d.). How to Grow Cucumbers [Web log post]. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from http://www.vegetablegardeningideas.com/vegetable-growing-instructions/how-to-grow-cucumbers/

Bean, E. (n.d.). The Unabridged Guide to Growing Cucumbers [Web log post]. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from https://www.sproutabl.com/cucumbers/

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