It is believed that cucumbers were first raised in India 1,500 years ago, spreading rapidly to Europe and Asia. Today the vine-grown vegetable is popular in salads and pickled into relish. Cucumbers are hearty and will thrive in most climates, if you follow these steps.
Plant cucumber seeds 1/2 to one inch deep in small peat pots filled with potting soil.
Moisten the soil with a watering can. The seeds should begin to germinate in seven to 10 days.
Loosen and aerate the garden soil with a hoe, mixing compost into the soil for added nutrients.
Transplant cucumber seeds to your garden after two weeks, once the danger of the last frost has passed in late winter or early spring for a summer harvest. Seedling vines ready to transplant will have at least four formed leaves on each plant.
Spread the seedlings at least one foot apart in the garden, with two feet between rows. Cucumber vines take a lot of ground space.
Harvest cucumbers when they are firm and green, picking two-inch cucumbers for pickling, four-to-six inch cukes for dill pickles, and six to 10 inches for salads.
Plant a second round of seeds in mid-summer for a fall bumper crop.