Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
Crispy crunchy cucumbers are a favorite of mine. Whether eating them straight off the vine, in a salad or as yummy dill pickles, these are always a part of my garden. Here’s five tips for growing great cucumbers that will make them a welcome addition to your garden too.
1. Plant after the last frost. Cucumber seeds will not sprout in cold soil. Plant cucumbers well after the last frost. The soil must be higher than fifty degrees Fahrenheit for them to sprout. They also grow better in warmer weather, so be sure to plant in a sunny location.
2. Keep them off the ground. Cucumbers are highly susceptible to fungus. One of the best ways to keep them from growing fungus is to keep them off the ground. You can do this by using a trellis, cage or teepee for them to climb up.
3. Use sandy soil or cornmeal. Another way to keep fungus at bay is to mix your soil half and half with cornmeal or sand. You can also use a spray made from vinegar and water. Dry molasses added to soil will discourage fungus as well. Be sure soil is well aerated for good drainage.
4. Avoid used soil. It’s not a good idea to plant cucumber in the same soil previously used by other vining plants. Vining plants take a lot of nutrition from the soil. They can also leave behind undetected fungus. Use fresh soil when planting cucumbers.
5. Watch for yellowing. When cucumbers begin turning yellow, it’s not always a sign of fungus. They could just need to be fertilized. Cucumbers need a lot of food to grow properly. Use a good nitrogen