Tips for Growing Cucumbers - The Easy Way to Green Your Garden
Cucumbers seeds are very easy to grow from indoors. I have saved a bunch of them in my drawer for just this reason. Most gardeners who have cucumbers never find the time to plant a vine, and then harvest their cucumbers at the most inappropriate season in the year. We can save a lot of money by growing cucumbers in a variety of ways and indoors. We can use them in salads, make vegetable garnishes, and make cucumber bread or juice. The soil should always be moist but not damp.
You can plant cucumbers seeds in late winter or early spring. They usually come up in April or May. If you plant cucumbers seeds indoors they should come up by July 4th. I don't know why, but we have always found that the seeds are ready by July 4th every time we have planted a vine, and have gotten a harvest before the first frost. This may not work for you, depending on the climate of your area.
If you are planting Cucumbers outdoors, you can plant them either in partial shade or in full sun. It really depends on the location, and how much sun and heat they get over the course of a given season. Here are some things to consider when planting in full sun Cucumbers:
The soil where you plant your cucumber seeds should be rich, moist, and fertile. Good soil will retain moisture for long periods of time. You can add a shallow layer of topsoil, which will help retain moisture for a few days after sowing. You can also use a good, rotted garden compost, or a homemade compost made with kitchen scraps. When sowing Cucumbers seeds indoors, you need to make sure the seeds get plenty of sun. Once you have chosen the best spot, place your seedlings into a plastic, well tilled box, cover loosely, and water continuously until the seedlings emerge.
Cucumbers seeds won't germinate unless they are directly sown in the soil. You should place your seedlings in large plastic pots, placing them about one inch below the surface of the soil. Make sure that there is plenty of air circulation in the box, as well as sunshine and heat. Place the box in a sunny window, but not directly outside. An indoor heat mat will help protect your seedlings from temperature extremes indoors.
When you are planting your seedlings, you should keep in mind that some varieties of white wonder cucumbers seeds do not do well if they are planted in acidic soil. You should test the soil before you start planting. To determine which varieties do better in your area, contact a local nursery and ask for advice. Another option is to purchase a small soil tester from your local garden center. Water the seedlings well when you plant them, taking care to ensure that the water drains away from the seedlings. The seedlings will need regular watering, approximately once each week, until they begin to bear fruit.
When you are planning to plant your seedlings in full sun, be aware that the intense heat from the sun can scorch the delicate leaves of the cucumbers. The heat may also cause the plants to meander, so make sure that the plants are placed in their proper spot on the garden bed. Some varieties of cucumbers like full sun cucumbers will tolerate partial shade, but others will require an area with partial shade or even darkness. You should check with a local nursery before planting any variety of cucumbers, in order to ensure that the plants will thrive in your area.
Cucumbers grow well in a variety of conditions, and with a few simple precautions you can cultivate these tasty fruits. One option is to start growing cucumbers right from seed. You can save yourself time and money by growing cucumbers from cuttings. A wonderberry seed packet will contain all the information you need to get started. Make sure that the seed packet has the correct variety of cucumber, and plant the seeds carefully. The following step in growing cucumbers is just as important as the first: Enjoy!