Cucumbers seem to do best planted in a sandy loam soil. However they will grow and produce more than most families will eat planted in any well drained soil.
Cucumbers are a warm weather crop and will not tolerate frost no matter how light the frost may be. Plant seeds 2 or even 3 feet apart. Vines can spread as much as 3 or 4 feet from the stalk.
Cucumbers are easy to train to grow on a trellis, saving a lot of vaulable garden space.
Plant seeds 3/4 to 1 inch deep. Keep seed bed damp, not wet through out the growing season. Seeds will germinate in 7 to 10 days.
Cucumbers are heavy users of both water and fertilizer. Apply about 1 table spoon per plant of an all purpose NPK 10-10-10, 10-20-10 fertilizer about every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Cucumbers require full sun. They are deep rooted and benefit being grown well away from grassy areas, trees and shrubs that will compete for nutrients and moisture.
Cucumbers are generally classified as Slicing or as Pickling. No matter what variety you grow they can be eaten fresh(slicing) or can be pickled. However no matter what variety you plant, harvest them while still on the smallish side. No more than about one(1) inch in diameter. If they are to be pickled, smaller sizes may be best.
Harvest ‘Before’ they begin to turn yellow or the bottoms turn white. This is an indication they are ‘over’ ripe and will often have a strong unpleasant flavor.
Banded or Spotted Cucumber beetles. Treat with a Pyrethrin based spray.
Squash bugs. Treat with Sevin spray or dust.
What ever treatment you use. Follow Application Directions very carefully.
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