Growing cucumbers in your vegetable garden can be super beneficial to your health. Since they are 95% water, they keep your body hydrated and help regulate the body's inner temperature during those hot summers! They are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. They love the warm summer weather and rich soil so plant accordingly based on your location.
Should you trellis your cucumber plants? Some gardeners swear by using a trellis and others arenât worried about saving space. We are trying both ways this year and donât think there is a right or wrong way! However, it is very important to make sure you donât miss picking a cucumber because your plant wonât continue to produce if one is left on the vine past its due date!
How do you grow a straight cucumber? It is important that your cucumbers are properly pollinated. If they are improperly pollinated they will curl instead of growing straight. Make sure to water the base of the plant, do not water from above! This will keep water out of your blossoms. If you don't have a lot of pollinators, we recommend pollinated by hand. There is both a male and female flower that grows on a cucumber plant. It is easy to take a male flower and pollinate the female flower to insure proper pollination!
How do you harvest a cucumber? Check on your plant daily for your cucumber to grow to the size recommend for its variety. We recommend using a Felco pruning shears to harvest cucumbers. Cucumber plants do not like when you pull on them so the Felco pruning shears is a gentle way to get a clean cut. Make sure to cut the stem, not the vine!