Cucumber

Cucumber:

These delicious annuals are in our garden every year. They are a fairly low maintenence plant that tastes delicious on their own or in a salad. We currently have three varieties on the homestead. Due to a whoopsie in the greenhouse (didn’t label them) we will all have to wait until they grow to figure it out.

To Plant:

Cucumbers are a great plant to start early especially here in the North East where the weather doesn’t warm up quickly. They can however be planted directly into the ground when the soil warms up.

Greenhouse:

Start with a really good potting mix we planted them in trays that were 50 seeds per tray. Water them regularly once they sprout since they are a very thirsty plant. Transplant when the plant is about 3-4 inches tall. Fertilize as needed. When transplanting to the garden, be sure the receiving soil has been prepared with a healthy dose of compost. Til

 

l the soil down to about 6-8 inches. Place the plant in a hole that is a little bigger than the root ball and cover to the base of the stem. We are using a fish fertilizer this year to feed the plants. This method calls for feedings every 2-3 weeks.

Direct planting:

Make sure the receiving soil has been prepared with a healthy dose of compost. Till the soil down to about 6-8 inches. Use your thumb, finger, or even a pencil to make a hole. You want the hole to be about an inch to an inch and a half deep. Place your seed in the hole and backfill the hole. Gently press the soil over the top.

Harvesting:

When harvesting we like to use pruning shears or a sharp knife. Twisting the fruit should be avoided so as not to damage the vine. Don’t be afraid to leave the smaller ones to grow.

Notes:

Try not to eat them all up and you can make pickles.

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