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Growing Cucumbers Outdoors

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Sow Indoors
Sow Outdoors
Plant
Harvest
Distance between Plants – 18in Distance between Rows – 18in Germination within 10 days
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.


HOW TO SOW


Sow indoors, one seed per 3in pot, make sure to put the seed in so its on an edge, using good quality seed sowing compost. They need 75*f until they poke their heads through. Once germinated, reduce the heat until its ready to go outdoors. Alternatively, you can sow directly outside where they are to grow. Sow 3 seeds, 1in deep and remove the weakest two seedlings, leaving the strongest to continue. Cover the seed sowing area with a plastic jar or cloche to help generate more heat. Slowly harden the plant over a number of days by removing the jar/cloche during the day but returning in the evening.

VARIETIES


HOW TO TRANSPLANT



HOW TO PLANT


When planting, gather the soil so the plant sits on a little mount of soil. The main stem doesn’t like being sat in water, this helps reduce the water immediately around the stem.

CROP ROTATION:


COMPANION PLANTING:

prefer to be planted with Cabbages, Celery, Beans, Radish, Potatoes (First Earlies), Sweetcorn and Sunflowers.
dislike being planted with

HOW TO CARE FOR

Keep weed free and well watered but be careful not to overwater. When the plant produces 7 leaves, pinch out their growing tips. This will develop side shoots, if there are no bearing flowers, remove these by gently pinching them off.

Bearing flowers: Look behind the flower and if you see the starting of a cucumber, leave these alone. Those without a little green beed, remove.


PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS EFFECTING


HOW TO HARVEST

When ready to harvest, it is best to twist the cucumber until it snaps off the plant, rather than pulling or cutting. The twisting action seals the wound and stop infection from entering.


SAVING SEED OF


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HOW TO STORE

Best used fresh.


USING IN THE KITCHEN


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SEAN’S PERSONAL GROWING NOTES FOR

Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest
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