HOW TO GROW CUKES

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Produce -

SOW

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.

WA­TER

Cu­cum­bers get their juicy flesh from reg­u­lar, deep wa­ter­ing in the morn­ing. Wa­ter the soil, not the leaves.

PRE­VENT DIS­EASES

All-day sun and good air cir­cu­la­tion help pre­vent downy and pow­dery mildew.

POL­LI­NA­TION

En­cour­age bees by plant­ing com­pan­ion plants, such as nas­tur­tiums, marigolds or sun­flow­ers.

PINCH OUT

En­cour­age fruit pro­duc­tion by re­mov­ing grow­ing tips that have formed about 5-7 leaves, and side shoots that have 8-10 leaves.

HAR­VEST OF­TEN

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.

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4 Cu­camel­ons have smaller leaves than other va­ri­eties, but are more lush. Grow them with com­pan­ion plants such as let­tuce, basil and pe­tu­nia.

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