There’s nothing nicer than a cool cucumber salad on a hot summer day! Imagine if those cucumbers were fresh from the fields, too! That’d be a real treat! You can have that by simply growing your own cucumbers. Cucumbers are not too difficult to grow, but the more you know, the tastier the final food will be. To get the tastiest cucumbers possible, try these 6 Expert Tips for Growing Cucumbers!
6 Expert Tips for Growing Cucumbers
1. Water Often– Your cucumbers need consistent watering in order to flourish. Their soil should never be allowed to dry out and should stay moist. One inch of water a week will work in most temperatures. More may be required if you’re having a particularly hot summer. To help you keep the plants consistently watered, you may want to install drip irrigation or a soaker hose. However you water your cucumbers, make sure not to get the foliage wet. That could cause disease to develop.
2. Use Trellises– Trellises are really useful if your goal is to grow great cucumbers that are of the vining variety. Trellises allow the cucumbers to have somewhere for their vines to go. They will also save you garden space and make it easier to tend to the plant. Trellises allow for better airflow around the plant, which is always a plus! A trellis with a 1 to 1 1/2 foot diameter would work well.
3. Prevent Pests and Disease– If you keep your garden clean and are careful with your watering, you’ll reduce your cucumbers’ risk of being attacked by pests or developing diseases. If you do see any harmful insects (like aphids, squash bugs, and cucumber beetles) you may need to apply an insecticide. Fungal diseases can be cleared up with fungicides. If any plants get diseased and die, throw them out. Don’t put them in your compost, that could just help the disease spread.
4. Keep the Soil Warm– Cucumbers like warm soil. So if you’re going to grow great cucumbers, you need to do your best to ensure the soil stays at a decent temperature. An easy way to do this is simply to place black plastic around the plants. Do this by cutting holes in the plastic and plant in it from the beginning, letting the plants grow up through the holes. Regular mulch like straw and cut dry leaves are also good at increasing soil temperatures. Mulch is most effective if you put it down on soil that is already relatively warm.
5. Fertilize– Cucumbers thrive in nutrient-rich soil. To allow them to grow as large and tasty as possible, give them manure, compost, or fertilizer. Cucumbers can do fine with an all- purpose fertilizer. But, if your cucumbers have yellowing leaves you’ll want to get them a fertilizer that’s especially nitrogen rich.
6. Weed Often– Weeding doesn’t just make your garden look nice and neat, it also helps keep your plants healthy. If there are weeds, your cucumbers will have to compete with them for water and nutrients. This causes them stress and makes them more vulnerable to disease and insects. Weeds can feed harmful insects, making it even more likely that your crop will be attacked by bugs. Keep your garden weed free and you’ll be able to grow great cucumbers!
What would you cook with your homegrown cucumbers?
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Thanks Savanna for sharing your gardening tips!
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