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A quick guide to growing cucumbers

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Cucumbers are a favorite for most gardens. This is because they are largely easy to care for and provide a delicious snack. Whether you’re harvesting for vegetables or turning them into a pickling enterprise, there are many benefits to growing cucumbers. Of course, there are also many questions about the care and growth space required. Before you run out and buy seeds, it’s good to know what you’re in for!

Can you grow cucumbers vertically?

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Absolutely! As long as you’re buying the right seeds and helping the cucumbers to thrive.

There are two types of cucumbers: Bush and vining. Bush cucumbers are ideal when you have enough space to grow them on the ground. Vining cucumbers are intended to be grown using a trellis or a fence. Sometimes, they won’t catch on to the trellis on their own. You’ll want to help your vining cucumbers to twine around the trellis in order to see them reach their full potential. You can use a fence or buy netting instead of using a trellis, just make sure that whatever you use is strong enough to support the growth of your cucumbers!

Many people choose to grow cucumbers vertically because it is healthier for the vegetables and the farming process. It eliminates the need to bend and reduces the risk of contamination from pests.

Growing cucumbers is generally pretty easy. They love to be planted in an area filled with sun. They also love water. This means that you’ll want to water them once a day, at least. Depending on the environment around your cucumbers, you may need to water more or less. You don’t want to over water any plant. The ideal time for planting cucumbers is about 2 weeks after the last frost. If you want to start earlier, start growing the plants inside and move them outside as the weather gets nicer. Growing cucumbers indoors can start the process up to 3 weeks earlier!

How long do cucumber plants keep producing?

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Largely, they will continue to produce anywhere between 3 and 6 weeks, depending on the condition of the environment. Cucumbers can grow rather quickly if they are properly cared for and they can produce around 12 cucumbers a day! Once they start to produce, you’ll need to pick them frequently. This allows the plant to keep producing. If you leave the cucumbers to get too big, they will turn bitter in taste. Ideally, you want to pick them when they are around 8 to 10 inches long. If you’re looking to pickle them, you can pluck them at 4 to 6 inches.

Your cucumber plants will start producing 50-70 days after they have been planted. Once the production stops, the leaves will start to turn yellow. At this point, you will need to uproot the plant. It cannot bloom another season. Even if you want to be growing cucumbers next year, you’ll need to plant new seeds. Digging up the plant also prevents insects from thriving in the roots of the decaying plant.

What can be planted with cucumbers?

Cucumbers are social vegetables, so they work well alongside many others, such as:

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes

There are some plants you want to avoid when you are growing cucumbers. This includes any type of melon, potatoes, and sage.

Pest-free cucumbers

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Lastly, the most important thing about growing cucumbers is that you keep the plants pest-free. Many people are starting to turn away from traditional pesticides and with good reason! Although they do protect your plant life from unwanted pests, they can be harmful to the environment, pets, and even people. Of course, leaving your garden “to chance” isn’t advised either. Instead, try one of these all-natural pesticides:

1. Neem Oil – You can mix a few drops of neem oil into the water and use it as a spray for your garden. You can also add a bit of liquid (organic) soap if you want to pack an extra punch for those pests.

2. Citrus Oil – Most pests can’t tolerate the smell of citrus at all, which is why citrus candles are advised to keep away mosquitoes. Mixing the citrus oil with a dash of cayenne pepper and warm water in a spray bottle is an ideal way to protect your garden.

3. Eucalyptus Oil – You can use this solution directly on the plants and in the surrounding garden. Sprinkle a few drops around the area to ward off infestations.

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