Growing Tips For Cucumbers In Your Vegetable Garden
Cucumbers grow in a vegetable garden in most climates as a summer annual. Cucumbers can be started indoors in peat pots or small flats and transplanted to the vegetable garden a couple weeks thereafter but only when all danger of frost has passed. Before you move them to the garden, however, harden the cucumber plants off in a protected location to lessen any stress that may occur during transplanting. During cool periods, cucumbers can be covered with plant protectors as well. Cucumbers in a vegetable garden like warm, humid weather; loose, organic soil; and plenty of sunlight. They grow well in most regions of the United States and do especially well in the South.
When planting cucumbers n a vegetable garden, choose a site that has adequate drainage and fertile soil. Good soil will have plenty of organic matter, such as compost. Adding compost to the soil will help get your cucumbers off to a good start, and applying an organic fertilizer such as manure will help give the plants nutrients during growth. When you begin preparing the soil in your vegetable garden, remove any rocks, sticks or other debris and then mix ample amounts of organic matter and fertilizer into the soil.