Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How to grow cucumbers 1

Cucumbers are both simple and difficult to grow here along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Simple because they come up easily. Difficult because all manner of insects and diseases attack cucumber plants as soon as they poke their heads out of the soil.



So let's start at the beginning. Cucumbers are pretty easy to grow from seed. Here in agricultural Zone 9, we plant cucumbers from the beginning of March to the end of April. Hardy candidates for this region (and most likely yours if you're in Zone 9) include Straight Eight (the smaller pickling cukes) and Sweet Success, Suyo Long and Spacemaster (for sliciing).  There are many other varieties. Check with your agricultural extension service or Master Gardeners for your area's planting times and best varieties.


I start cukes from seed right in the garden. Now, I've bought cucumber seedlings in Big Box Land but cucumber stems are very delicate and easily damaged. If there's something to be damaged, I will damage it. Hence, I direct-seed.

Next: How to grow cucumbers 2

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