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Grow Cucumbers at Home


Date Posted: June 30, 2016

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Depending on which poll you read, cucumbers are either the number two or number three most popular vegetable grown in the home vegetable garden. Tomatoes do not look like they are going to relinquish that number one spot anytime soon. Cucumbers are easy to grow and when you implement vertical techniques, such as the one I am going to talk about here, you can save on lots of garden space.

Enrich Your Soil for Cucumber Success

Like most other fruits and vegetables, cucumber plants will yield plenty of cucumbers if you enrich the soil first. Before you plant your seeds or cucumber plants, mix in two to four inches of compost in your garden bed.

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Start Your Cucumbers from Seeds

Twice a year, and sometimes three times per year if we get enough demand, we’ll send out various cucumber varieties in our Seeds of the Month Club. You will save a lot of money by starting your cucumbers from seeds as opposed to buying existing plants from a local nursery. Not that there is anything wrong with buying existing plants, but cucumber seeds germinate rather quickly and within 45 days you will be harvesting your fruits. The best method in starting your seeds is to plant them a few days before the last frost in your area, three seeds per hill, with each grouping of seeds spaced out every six inches when growing vertically or twelve inches if no trellis will be used.

Save Space, Grow Cucumbers Vertically

While there is nothing wrong with growing cucumbers without a trellis, you will save on a lot of space by using one. Check out my article on how to build the trellis shown in this article at How to Build a Trellis. Most cucumber varieties have what are called tendrils. These tendrils will stretch out and latch onto something to hold onto. Once it does, it will begin to wrap around the object to gain a tighter grip. As you can see in the photo below, the tendril of my cucumber plant is wrapped pretty good around the fencing on the trellis that I am using.

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Water Your Cucumber Plants Regularly

I like to make sure my cucumber plants receive a daily watering. I don’t overwater so the ground is saturated, I just make sure the ground is not overly dry. I highly recommend drip irrigation or a soaker hose for your cucumber plants. The water can get directly to the roots without saturating the leaves, flowers and fruits above.

Feed Your Cucumber Plants

If you have been following this blog or are already a subscriber to our Seeds of the Month Club, then you know that feeding your plants every couple of weeks is highly recommended. Using a good organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion or manure tea works great. It keeps feeding much needed nutrients to your cucumber plants.

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Harvesting Your Cucumbers

Harvesting cucumbers from the garden is a fun time. It is like a treasure hunt. Moving leaves here and there out of the way until you come upon a few. My kids really enjoy this part. The best time to harvest your cucumbers is right before you are about to consume them or when they are eight to twelve inches in length. Preferably both. When it comes time to harvest simply hold the vine side and pull on the fruit until it snaps off.



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When you starting seeing your cucumber plants form yellow flowers, you are close to getting some fruit. Watching the bees frolic in and out of the flowers is also fun to do with the kids and a necessary process in order for pollination to properly occur.

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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