HOW TO GROW CUKES
Bury 3-4 seeds about 10cm deep in a sunny, well-drained spot, either in a seed tray or directly into the garden, from spring into summer. Thin out the weakest plants as they grow.
Cucumbers get their juicy flesh from regular, deep watering in the morning. Water the soil, not the leaves.
All-day sun and good air circulation help prevent downy and powdery mildew.
Encourage bees by planting companion plants, such as nasturtiums, marigolds or sunflowers.
Encourage fruit production by removing growing tips that have formed about 5-7 leaves, and side shoots that have 8-10 leaves.
Pick fruit at least every second day to encourage more fruit.
2 Grow large, rambling cucumbers, such as this lemon cucumber, about 30cm apart so the air movement helps prevent disease.
3 You need to support your vines – such as this Boston pickling cucumber – with a frame, either a trellis, wire fence or teepee. Fruit that lies on the ground can quickly rot.
4 Cucamelons have smaller leaves than other varieties, but are more lush. Grow them with companion plants such as lettuce, basil and petunia.