CUCUMBERS

A crispy & sweet cucumber is highly dependent on adequate moisture. Here are some tips to growing great cucumbers

  • Mix a 2" layer of compost - about 1 gallon - into the soil prior to planting; cukes are heavy feeders
  • Keep the soil moist at all times
  • Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture AND block out moisture-robbing weeds
  • Most varieties need at least 3 plants to properly cross-pollinate.
  • Try setting out different varieties at 1-2 week intervals if you have space in the garden.
  • You can sow seeds or 3 week old transplants right into August. Just keep in mind that as the days grow shorter through the summer, production will slow down
  • A common problem is yellow leaves; add nitrogen
  • Allow plenty of room for cukes to grow; provide at least 6' between mounds or 3' between the bush varieties. You can fit 3 plants into each hill.
  • Go vertical! Vining types grow great on a trellis
  • Try planting vining cukes with sturdy sunflowers. Their soil requirements are similar and the sunflower stalk provides a natural trellis
  • Keep the fruits picked! This encourages more fruit to set
  • Save some seeds from the best specimens of your favorite varieties for planting next year!

COMPANION PLANTING

  • Cucumbers grow well when planted with beans, lettuce, radishes, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn and strawberries
  • Avoid planting cukes with potatoes, onions, garlic, leeks and shallots

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

  • Sliced cucumbers with sliced onions, white vinegar, salt & pepper
  • Mix lemon juice with parsley and make a salad of cucumbers & tomatoes for a Mediterranean dish
  • Mix with cumin, cilantro and yogurt for an Indian dish
  • Make a refreshing summer salad with cukes, chives and smoked salmon
  • Pasta salad with cubed cucumber chunks, red onions, chopped celery, salt & pepper plus enough Duke's mayo to bind it together is my family's favorite!

SEEN ON PINTEREST

Are you a Lemon Cucumber fan? This heirloom has been around since the late 1800's. It was first introduced to the US from Russia. Lemon Cucumbers are tasty eaten fresh and also are great pickled. You can buy our Heirloom Cucumber seeds here     Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
This heirloom lemon cucumber has been around since the late 1800's. It was first introduced to the US from Russia. Lemon Cucumbers are tasty eaten fresh and also are great pickled. We grew these in 2014 and harvested bucketfuls for weeks!   Marinated cucumber salad with feta cheese   Recipe for Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill from Kalyn's Kitchen