Growing Cucumbers, Everything About Growing Cucumbers
Photos That Show Cucumbers And Ways To Grow Cucumbers Vertical.
Cucumbers grow best when the weather is hot and there is plenty of water. And they grow best vertical up off the ground. You can build really simple wooden frames to grow your cucumbers vertical. It can be as simple as putting up a eight foot section of fence attached to three sturdy wooden poles. Plant your cucumbers at the bottom of the section of fence and let them grow up and over the fence section. You'll be able to find all your cucumbers this way and be able to pick them easily. Just be sure to pick them off every day or two because they will grow real quick especially on hot days with rain or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.
Cucumbers Need To Be Planted When The Soil Temperature Is About 70 Degrees
You need to wait to plant your cucumbers or set out your cucumber plants until the soil temperature is staying around 70 degrees. If your going to grow your cucumbers vertical you want to grow varieties of cucumbers suited for vining. If your going to grow them in containers you'll want to grow bush varieties of cucumbers. You will almost always produce more cucumbers by growing them vertical than you ever will with bush varieties of cucumbers.
Cucumbers Need A Soil PH of 6.0 to 6.8 To Grow The Best.
Your cucumbers will need full sun with warm fertile soil with a PH of 6.0 to 6.8. You will want to work compost or very well rotted manure into the soil. I like growing my cucumbers in containers with built on frames for them to grow up and over and I fill the containers with 70 percent topsoil and 30 percent manure. I usually purchase a product called Black Cow Manure that is available at my local garden supply store and it is ready to be added to soil or placed around plants. But you can use any rich top soil and compost or manure as long as the compost or manure is very well rotted.
Plant Your Cucumbers So They Have Room To Grow.
If your going to be growing the cucumbers vertical plant the cucumber plants about a foot apart. If you are growing bush varieties of cucumbers grow them about 3 foot apart to allow them plenty of room to spread out and grow.
Mix Your Soil Up Properly Before Adding It To Containers.
If your growing cucumbers in containers mix your soil up in a large plastic container or wheelbarrow before you add it to the container the cucumbers are going to grow in. Remember you want about 70 percent top soil and 30 percent well rotted compost or manure. This is a perfect soil to grow cucumbers in.
Plant Your Cucumber Seeds 1 1/2 to 2 Inches Deep.
You'll want to plant your cucumbers 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep and thin them to 1 foot apart if growing them vertical to 3 foot apart if growing bush varieties of cucumbers.
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Cucumbers And Their Water Needs
You will find that cucumbers will grow really fast and they will need about one inch of water a week but they may need more water if the outdoor temperatures are really hot. You want the soil your cucumbers are planted in to stay moist but not wet.
I always mulch heavily around my cucumbers and this helps to keep the moisture in and the weeds and grass can't grow up through heavily mulched soil. You can insure that weeds and grass can't come up through your mulch by putting down a layer of spread out newspapers under your layer of mulch.
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Common Cucumber Pests
You'll find that by growing your cucumbers vertical that you will have fewer pest problems with garden pests like slugs. Keep an eye out for cucumber beetles which chew holes in leaves and cucumbers. Cucumber beetles also spread a disease called powdery mildew which causes plants to wilt and die. If you see white, mildew like spots on your cucumber leaves you have a problem and you'll need to go to your local garden supply store for a fungicide that will get rid of the problem. I suggest taking a few of the leaves that have the mildew spots on them to the garden supply store so they will be sure to give you the right product to get rid of the powdery mildew.
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When To Harvest Your Cucumbers
Its really up to you to decide how big you want your cucumbers to get. I like my cucumbers to get about 3 - 4 inches long and be nice and plump. A cucumber is about 90 percent water. Be sure to check your cucumber vines for cucumbers about every day or two because cucumbers will grow really quick especially when the weather is nice and warm and the cucumbers are getting plenty of water.
Check the soil your cucumbers are growing in to make sure it stays moist but not wet. Water your cucumbers before the sun comes up or after the sun sets. Never water your cucumbers when the sun is on the cucumber plants or you can harm or even kill your cucumber plants.
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Where You Plant Your Cucumbers Is Important
You will want to plant your cucumbers in rich fertile soil with lots of drainage. If your planting them in containers put 3 - 4 inches of gravel or small rocks in the bottom of the containers to insure proper drainage. Containers need plenty of holes in them for drainage. Your cucumbers need 6 - 8 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Companion Plants For Cucumbers
If you want to have far fewer pest problems with your cucumbers then plant companion plants like marigolds and sunflowers in and around your cucumbers. This also works great for tomato plants.
It is known that marigolds and sunflowers will keep away common garden pests.
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Vertical Is The Best Way To Grow Cucumbers
If you plant cucumbers over time you will discover that they will always grow much better if you grow them vertical. Cucumbers that are up off the ground will have far fewer problems from pests like slugs. You will also find that cucumbers grown vertical will be cleaner and won't have the problems that cucumbers grown on the ground will have.
Problems With Slugs
If you do happen to have problems with slugs put out shallow dishes of beer at sundown and go out early in the morning and empty out the dishes of beer which will hopefully have lots of drowned slugs in them. You can take a bright flashlight out at night and look for the slugs that are attacking your cucumbers. Drop them into a bucket of soapy water and dispose of them in the trash.
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Tips For Growing Cucumbers
1. Try to pick out varieties of cucumbers that are disease resistant. Ask at your local farm and garden center what varieties of cucumbers grow best in your area.
2. You will need to grow your cucumbers in a area with full sun and the cucumbers need to be grown in fertile soil with great drainage.
3. Plant your seeds in the garden only after all dangers of frost have passed. You'll want to plant your seeds in fertile soil about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. By planting them a little deeper your cucumber plants will develop a much better root system.
4. Save your dryer lint and put a handful in the bottom of the hole where you plant your cucumbers. This will help to hold the moisture there and your cucumbers will be much healthier.
5. Side dress cucumber plants with a 5 - 10 - 10 fertilizer about three weeks after your cucumbers come up. Don't touch the plants or cucumber leaves with the fertilizer. Dig a hole about 4 inches back from each cucumber plant and put in a half cup of the fertilizer.
6. Put down newspaper sheets around your cucumber plants and mulch heavily on top of the newspaper sheets. The sheets of newspaper with the mulch on top of it prevent weeds or grass from coming up.
7. When your cucumbers grow up your wire frame tie the vines in some places with cotton cord to prevent the vines being blown down in heavy wind like during a thunderstorm.
8. Water your cucumbers either before the sun comes up or after the sun sets. Never water your cucumbers when the sun is shining on your plants.
9. If you use insecticides always read the labels carefully. Be sure that you know and understand exactly what the label says. Especially about how long you should wait before using your cucumbers if you have to apply an insecticide to your cucumber plants.
10. Once your cucumbers start growing you will need to harvest your cucumbers every day or two to prevent the cucumbers from getting to big.