Growing Cucumber in The ACT
Cucumbers are a delicious warm-season crop. They are best grown vertically in rich soil. Plant them in a spot where they’ll have plenty of sun and some protection from the afternoon sun and try to keep their leaves dry.
Cucumbers are prone to fungal diseases, so try not to water their leaves. If you must water the leaves, do so in the morning, so that that can dry quickly as the day warms up.
Cucumbers like a lot of sun, but the fruit can get sunburned if the temperatures soar too high. They’ll appreciate some shade during the hottest parts of the afternoon.
Dig in some compost and well-rotted manure. Cucumbers are happiest in rich, well-draining soil. They’ll do well in almost any soil as long as it doesn’t become waterlogged, but the better the soil is to start, the less feeding they’ll need through the season.
Seeds can be started indoors, but should only be planted into the garden once all danger of frost has passed (usually around November)
Cucumbers can be grown along the ground or vertically. If you’re growing them on the ground, then they’re usually grown on mounds to help with drainage, so if drainage is a problem in your garden; mound them; and if not, they’ll be perfectly happy just sown in the beds as usual. If you’re growing in raised beds, then the vines can also be allowed to trail over the edges of the bed.
If you’re planning on growing them vertically; train them up tee-pees or lattices. Space the plants according to the instructions on the package. Plant two or three seeds into each hole. Once the seedlings are up, thin them out and only keep the strongest ones.
Seedlings can be planted into the garden once all danger of frost has passed. It’s a good idea to have some cloches on hand to protect delicate seedlings during sudden, late, cold spells.
Cucumbers are best grown vertically. Train them up tee-pees or lattices. Space the plants according to the instructions on the package. If you’re planting seeds, plant 2 or 3 into each hole. Once the seedlings are up, thin them out and only keep the strongest ones. If you’re growing in raised beds, then the vines can also be allowed to trail over the edges of the bed.
Train your plants onto the structure you have chosen. In some cases you may need to tie the vines in at first to help them up their supports. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage them to branch out more.
Keep the soil damp. In summer, this may mean watering quite regularly. Where possible, water only the roots and take care not to wet the leaves. Cucumbers are prone to a range of fungal diseases and keeping the leaves dry and well-ventilated helps to avoid infection.
Cucumbers are heavy feeders. Give them a balanced, organic fertilizer every few weeks.
Give cucumbers a thick layer of organic mulch. This will help to keep their roots cool and moist. Lucerne, sugar cane and pea straw are all good options. Remember, you should only add mulch once your seeds are up and the plants are well established.
Different types of cucumbers are harvested at different stages for their specific uses. Harvest your cucumbers as soon as they are ripe, Regular harvesting will encourage your plants to produce more. Use a sharp knife to cut the ripe cucumbers away from the vine.
Milk spray or baking soda solution work well and can be sprayed on affected plants.
Spray with soap spray weekly until the problem is under control.
Snails and slugs
Lay down grit, like eggshells or silica sand or create barriers around your plants. Remove any slugs or snails that you see.
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