Grow Your Own CucumbersI thought I would do a Rewind of my cucumber post. I added a few more tidbits :-)
Have you grown Cucumbers before? Maybe this is your first time. They may not be the easiest veggie on the block to grow . They need a lot of sun and heat. They are also very prone to dieing off from frost so don't plant them to early, and transplanting can be tough unless you start them in a peat pot that goes directly in the soil.
I firmly believe in growing on a Trellis or Fence, even if you live in a small area or in an apartment you can grow them on your deck! This is my deck with my Cucumbers Flourishing.
SowingYou can sow two or three seeds per peat pot. Thin the peat pots to one plant per pot. (Thin means take one or two plants out once they have their true leaves and move into another pot) The first leaves that appear are not "true" leaves, wait until the second set appears then pinch off the first set of leaves. If your planting on the deck, place the peat pots in a good planting soil right up against the trellis or fence. They will grab on and climb up very quickly. Check on them everyday and help them along if needed.
It is a known fact in the gardening world that cucumbers grow better when growing up on a Trellis or pole or fencing. You will get 2-3 times more yield from your crop, versus vining on the ground. Utilizing the garden working up makes room for more vegetables. Planting lettuce below the trellis works awesome because they get the shade during the hot summer months and will not bolt so quick.
FertilizersFertilizers also play a key role in growing cucumbers add a 5-5-10 fertilizer into the soil that you are using to plant the cucumbers with. I add the fertilizer at the beginning and as soon as I see buds form. Then again three weeks later. I also add compost from my garden.
Water Your CucumbersDo Not hose them done. Cucumbers do not like getting there leaves wet, you will notice a white film on them that is a disease. Not sure what it is actually or I just don not remember :-) Water only the soil. Get down on your knees and literally do your best not to get the leaves wet.
The two most common pests in this family are the striped cucumber beetle and spotted cucumber beetle, which looks very much like a green ladybug. However, unlike the ladybug, cucumber beetles are not considered beneficial insects. They produce a wilting of the leaf. I will work on a more indepth post for insects.