Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Cu­cum­bers Although you can buy cu­cum­bers all year round, the feel­ing of achieve­ment you get when you grow your own make it worth hav­ing a go and you only need a cou­ple of plants for a con­stant sup­ply in sum­mer.

De­li­cious in sal­ads or added to sauces with fish or in sal­sas and other dips, they do take up a lot of room in the green­house, so bear that in mind when sow­ing.

Sow singly in 8cm (3in) pots in a heated prop­a­ga­tor in early spring for grow­ing on in a heated green- house, or later in spring if your green­house is un­heated.

Pot on to larger pots to al­low them to es­tab­lish be­fore plant­ing them in the soil bor­ders of your green­house in June, in 30cm pots or two to a grow­ing bag.

Keep out of draughts and wa­ter well, es­pe­cially when crop­ping, but don’t al­low the soil to get wa­ter­logged.

Bam­boo canes will be needed to sup­port them and you should re­move sideshoots from the bot­tom 60cm of the plant, al­low­ing higher ones to de­velop.

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