Fresh picked cucumbers.
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There is not much that tastes better than eating a fresh-picked cucumber right out of your vegetable garden. Growing your own cucumbers is a satisfying experience. Watching it develop from a tiny seed into a thriving crop producing plant is an amazing thing. Save money growing your own cucumbers and know exactly what type of fertilizers are used during this process provides you a peace of mind and satisfaction too. Caring for a cucumber is easy once you understand how to grow one.
Use a hoe to cultivate the soil 6- to 8-inches deep in a sunny area. Add organic compost and manure to the soil. Do this in late spring well after the last frost.
Allow 1- to 2-feet of space in between each vine-type plant or 8 inches for bush-type ones. Make a small hole with a gloved finger. Plant seeds 1 inch deep in the soil.
Add 4 inches of mulch around plants soon after cucumbers are planted or begin to appear. This conserves moisture, holds warmth and prevents weeds.
Use your shovel to add Nitrogen fertilizer or organic compost around plants, or what is know as "side-dress," 30 days after germination.
Watch for cucumber beetles or other pests once seedlings emerge. Physically remove or control pests.
Keep soil moist at all times while growing. Provide at least 1 inch of water weekly to cucumber plants.
Pick cucumbers by cutting them from the vines when they are 3- to 4-inches for pickling or between 6- to 8-inches for slicing. Check plants daily and pick as ripened.