Growing Cucumbers in Your New Garden

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Growing cucumbers in your own garden can be easy and nutritious for your family. The rules for planting cucumbers are easy to follow and easy to do. Once your garden is prepared and ready for planting, (refer to past posts) you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Chose the seeds from your local gardening supply store. Different seeds are used for different things. Like for eating you might want the Burpless plants but for pickling you may use a Carolina cucumber.
  2. Plant as a seed in late Spring or early Summer, after the threat of frost. The cucumber seeds need warm earth to germinate.
  3. Stick them in about 1″ deep and 12″ apart
  4. They will take between 50 and 70 days till harvest, depending on the type of plant and climate.

Some of the natural enemies of the cucumber are beetles, aphids and bacteria. So watch out for these. Apparently, Pandas and Guinea Pigs are also natural enemies of the cucumber as shown in these videos:

 

When storing cucumbers, remember to always put them on the top shelf of the refrigerator, not on the bottom shelf or in the crisper drawer. It is the warmest part of the fridge. If they are put in the crisper, it is possible for ice crystals to form on the inside of the cucumber. Then when it thaws it may be mushy and wet. Makes sense!

Starting a Garden Part 2

Instructions for starting a garden part 2

Step 4

bell-pepper
bell-pepper

Choose crops that require less room if you have a small vegetable garden or grow vegetables in a container. Lettuce is a great pot plant, and ‘Patio’ or ‘Tumbler’ tomatoes will grow well in a hanging basket. Plants that climb and vine, such as cucumbers and pole beans, can be trained up a trellis to take up less room horizontally.

Step 5

Schedule plantings around the two main growing seasons which vary by region: cool (spring and fall) and warm (summer). Common cool-season vegetables include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm-season crops include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes.

Step 6

flat of seeds

flat of seeds

Sow some seeds directly in the ground as they grow best that way: beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, squash and turnips. Starting seeds is, of course, much less expensive than planting seedlings sold in flats, packs and pots.

Stay tuned for more tips!