Cucumber Growing Guide

Soil

Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants begin to bloom heavily.

Companions

Nasturtium, Lettuce, Radish, Tomato, Dill, Tansy, Marigold, Oregano, Sunflower and Beans.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Easily grown from seeds sown directly in the ground, or start seeds indoors and set plants out when they are 3 weeks old.

Notes

Use a trellis to save space, or you can let cucumbers ramble over mulched ground.

Harvesting

Pick cucumbers at least every other day by snipping them from the vine with pruning shears. Many varieties are extremely productive. Fruits with hard seeds inside are overripe.

Troubleshooting

Cucumber beetles transmit an incurable disease called bacterial wilt. Exclude them with floating rowcovers.