How To Grow And Harvest Cucumbers
For many gardeners cucumbers rank at the top of their to-do list when it comes to vegetable planting. Cucumbers have a lemony, crisp taste that is hard to beat. When grown in soil, they can be an excellent choice due to the tolerance levels being quite high for such a small-sized variety. Cucumbers from the garden can be used to make numerous preserves and relish. Seeds from cucumbers are also used for various other reasons and will provide many years of pleasure.
A good place to germinate cucumbers seeds indoors is at the tip of a knife or on a toothbrush when you use it to clean debris from the bottom of a tray. Cucumbers tend to require a lot of cleaning so it may be necessary to germinate them outdoors first. Germination takes place when moisture is delivered to the seed at just the right rate. Too much water or over irrigation can result in the seed not germinating at all. Watering off the lower surface of the seed will also encourage germination.
Cucumbers seeds indoors should be started about six weeks before the last frost. Seeds should be kept well watered while indoors but taken out of the garden soil as soon as they are plucked. Seeds should be stored tightly covered in a plastic bag in an airtight container. Seedlings should be kept indoors until the cold weather dies down.
Seedlings should be divided up into three groups: slow-release seeds, quick-release seeds, and dry seeds. The slow-release group of seeds can be re-sealed in a plastic bag and held in the refrigerator until the cold weather arrives. Seedlings in the quick-release group can be kept out of the cold weather but no other protection should be used. Seedlings in the dry category can be stored in the potting soil in the summer and transferred to a new pot after the first freeze.
After a specified length of time in storage, Cucumbers seeds can be divided again into two groups: wet-storage and dry-storage. Wet-storage means keeping the seeds out of the garden and dry-storage means keeping them out of the garden but in a plastic bag. If the seedlings are stored wet, it is best to protect them from too much water by covering the seed with a plastic bag. Cucumbers seeds can be stored on a sunny windowsill or on the counter of a kitchen cabinet. Seedlings that have already been sown in the garden can be moved indoors when it starts raining.
Once the seedlings are ready, they can be transferred to the garden. Transferring the wet and dry seedlings outdoors requires a good location with some shade and shelter away from heat. If the seedlings are moved indoors, they can be placed on a heat mat or placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Keep the seedlings well watered until they begin to sprout new leaves. When the new shoots begin to appear, transfer them to a large pot with a large hole in the bottom.
In order to get the most out of your Cucumbers seeds, it is recommended that you divide the plants according to how fast you want to harvest the Cucumbers. The fastest growing plants should be harvested right away while the slower-growing plants should be divided as soon as they have produced some new leaves. The fastest growing plants will yield the most Cucumbers. Cucumbers can also be stored for a longer period of time if they are picked while still green.
Once the seedless part of the cucumber has been removed from the plant, the seeds can be removed from the remaining portion of the cucumbers. If the seeds are left in the plant, they will produce seedless cucumbers. Once the cucumbers have been cleaned and dried, they can be used in a variety of recipes throughout the world. Many people who are not into growing exotic fruits and vegetables prefer cucumbers because of their versatility. Not only are they used in many of the popular recipes that you and I love, they also make an excellent substitute for a cucumber in a meatloaf or salad.