Cucumber

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. If you are feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

PLANTING

For those in a cool climate, the beginning of November means the risk of the last frost has passed and cucumbers, which are frost sensitive, can be planted outside.
I recommend cucumbers are grown from seed directly in the ground. You can grow seedlings or purchase them as well but they don't seem to grow well until the warmth of November comes and so seeds and seedlings end up being the same size and as productive. So in the long run you may as well just do seeds.
Fruit is healthier when it grows up a trellis than when left to grow on the ground. But you can get creative and grow cucumber on sunflowers and corn too.

CONTAINER PLANTING

Cucumbers grow well in containers but still require a support for them to climb. The recommended spacing is 3 seeds for a pot about 30cm wide.

SPACING

Space seeds about 20cm apart to give them enough space to thrive.

HARVESTING

Harvest them when they are 10cm long for baby cucumbers or when they reach the desired size. The more you harvest the more they will fruit.

COMPANION PLANTING

Cucumbers thrive with corn and sunflowers. They also grow well with root crops like beetroot and carrots, and legumes like peas and beans.

CROP ROTATION

Cucumbers are a fruit crop so they do best planted after root vegetables.

SUCCESSION PLANTING

Cucumbers are not appropriate for succession planting as the vine will grow until the first frost kills it.

FERTILISING

Cucumbers need lots of potassium to fruit well. Bury banana skins under seeds before you plant or regularly water with banana skin fertiliser.

Cucumber