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CUCUMBER

There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicingpickling, and seedless. You will enjoy their fresh, crispy texture and versatility, whatever the type you pick to grow in your garden.

How To Grow Cucumbers Overview

The cucumber is a creeping vine that is rooted in the ground and grows trellises  around supportive frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant may also root in a soilless medium and spread over the ground when there are no supports for it to climb.

  • When the soil has reached about 70 degrees, cucumber seeds can be started outside.
  • A few weeks before this time, plant cucumber indoors so that you can transplant growing plants.
  • Cucumbers are commonly planted in rows or on mounds, which may extend over the soil.
  • Plant seeds in the dirt about half an inch and 6 to 10 inches apart and then thin them out to one and a half to two feet apart.
  • When they are smaller, harvest cucumbers. If they grow too large, their flavor and texture are affected.
  • If only one cucumber develops for enough time to grow seeds, the entire plant ceases to produce cucumbers.
  • Pick them often to keep the plant producing cucumbers and yourself harvesting!
garden fresh cucumber made into pickles

Cucumbers Nutrition Information

Raw Sliced Cucumbers, 1 cup (119 grams)

NameAmountUnit
Water115g
Protein0.702

g

Total lipid (fat)0.19

g

Carbohydrate2057g
Fiber, total dietary0.833g
Sugars1.64g
Vitamin C3.81mg
Choline6.78mg
NameAmountUnit
Calcium, Ca16.7mg
Magnesium, Mg14.3mg
Phosphorus, P25mg
Potassium, K162mg
Sodium, Na2.38mg
Energy (Calories)14.3kcal
Carotene, beta36.9µg
Zinc, Zn0.202mg
Iron, Fe0.262mg

Garden Vegetables & Fruits Plant Preferences Profile

Specific Plant Growing Requirements and Information

Cucumber

Full Sun is best

50 to 70 days from planting

Cucumis sativus

6 to 12 feet wide

Quaility fertial soil

Does not apply to Annuals

Growing Cucumbers Detailed Growing Information

Ideal Soil for Cucumbers

The soil ideally suited to plant cucumber is a slight sandy loam that rapidly adjusts to temperature and fertilizer. These soils are prepared early in the season and placed into gentle gradients to create small ridges on which the seed can be planted to ensure proper drainage of the land.

The cucumber soil should be very rich by adding a big application with stable manure to be integrated into the soil annually. Cowpeas are often grown on the location during the time it is not used by cucumbers or lettuce. They are rotated under before planting a dropping lettuce harvest. Also, liberal applications of a fertilizer that carries a significant percentage of nitrogen should be used.

How to Plant Cucumbers

There are basically as many methods to plant cucumbers as there are growers. Others plant the usual distance of 6 feet apart either way in hills; others plant 6 feet apart in one direction and 2 to 3 feet apart in the row.

While others plant 6 feet apart in drills or broad belts and cut out the plants to stand about one foot apart in the row after the danger of insect depredation has ceased.

The gardener should, of course, follow the approaches that seem the most feasible given the circumstances at hand. The cucumber is commonly used in outdoor agriculture as a companion crop to other crops, such as beans.

Beans of accelerated growth for young cucumber plants come on rapidly and create a partial defense or wind-break. When arranged in this manner, the cucumbers are planted in drills or 6 feet apart in hills. A row of beans is put between two rows of cucumbers, a process that guarantees very full and adequate use of the soil. The fast maturity of the beans allows them to be harvested and entirely extracted from the field before the cucumbers need it.

How to Water Cucumbers

Since the glazed sash prevents the soil underneath them from being moistened by natural means — that is, by rain or dew — it is essential to provide for the plants to be watered or irrigated. This can be done by arranging a small pipe system either on the surface of the ground or at a convenient height over the plants. Water can be drawn to sprinkle the surface of the beds at desired intervals and as may be required by the plants.

However, the watering process should be performed with great care. It should be noted the same general precautions necessary for the care of plants in cold frames. Watering in the morning only on bright days, when the wind can circulate around the plant and when the sun will soon dry the moisture from the plants’ leaves. Much can be done in this way to protect the plants from damage from diseases such as the damping-off fungus and the mildew.

How to Harvest Cucumbers

Cucumbers intended for pickling are harvested when they have reached a length of between 2½ to 5 inches. Another argument that is of utmost importance in handling the cucumber patch is that none of the fruits are allowed to mature.

The maturation process, which means the seeds are formed and matured, causes a massive strain on the growing plant, the plant’s life, and yield is proportional to the number of fruits allowed to develop. If no fruit is permitted to mature, the plants may stay green for longer in active vegetative conditions, producing a much higher aggregate number of fruits.

Cucumbers for Dill Pickles

Dill pickles, which are highly prized and warrant the highest price among pickles, can be made from fresh cucumbers as they come from the vines, or from the vat stock that was maintained at the salting station for some time.

Cucumbers In Sour Cream

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamed cucumbers, cucumber salad
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gerald

Ingredients

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • Boiling water to cover
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. chopped chives (optional)
  • Or 1 tsp. chopped dill (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Dash of pepper
  • Lemon juice or vinegar

Instructions

  • Peel and slice cucumbers very thin.
  • Cover with boiling water and let stand 20 minutes.
  • Drain and plunge cucumbers into cold water.
  • Let stand a minute, then drain again and set in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  • Mix sour cream with sugar, pepper, and either of the optional ingredients.
  • Salt cucumbers well and combine with sour cream mixture.
  • Correct the tartness with lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Serve cold.

Notes

Cucumbers prepared in this way become easily digestible, so people with a sensitive stomach will appreciate it.

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