Growing your own cucumbers in the garden is a great way to enjoy fresh, crisp produce all summer long. Learn how to grow cucumbers in your garden with these easy tips.
Cucumbers, also known as Cucumis sativus, are common vegetables that can easily be grown at home in the vegetable garden..
Cucumbers should be planted in full sun and prefer slightly acidic soil that is moisture-retentive yet well-draining. To improve your soil, add manure or compost in spring and fall, and avoid using weed and feed fertilizers.
In order to grow fruit, cucumbers need pollination. To help effectuate this, consider adding companion plantings around the vegetables like marigolds or nasturtiums to attract bees for pollination.
Cucumbers can be started by seed indoors or sown directly in the garden.You can also purchase plants ready to go into the garden from your local nursery. It's best to direct sow cucumbers after all danger of frost has passed.
Cucumbers need an inch of water per week. When watering, make sure to water the base of the plant, soaking through to the roots, and avoid watering the leaves.
It is so important to weed gardens because they pull nutrients away from plants we want to grow. The best method for controlling weeds is to pull or hoe weeds on the surface around cucumbers, then remove weeds from the garden.
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