Growing Cucumbers

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Like other cucurbits, cucumbers don't like to have their roots disturbed and can be tricky to transplant. However, if you want an early start on the season, it's worth the risk to start a few cucumber plants indoors in peat pots about two or three weeks before setting out. Because cucumbers are easily injured by frost, planting should be delayed until the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees and all danger of frost is past. This is often at least two weeks after the last frost date.

In full sun, sow seeds over a hill 12 inches tall and 2 feet across in well-drained soil

Just push two or three cucumber seeds an inch into the soil, spacing the plantings 18 to 36 inches apart. (Bush varieties will tolerate a closer spacing.) If the soil is moist and warm, the seedlings will pop out of the ground in a matter of days.

Cucumbers require a trellis for support. There are tons of ideas online for various types of trellis' you can make yourself.

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Growing Cucumbers in containers can be done if space is limited, cucumbers will do just fine on a patio or deck if it receives full sun. Bush cucumber varieties like 'Sald Bush',' 'Bush Champion' and 'Picklebush' can be grown in containers. A five-gallon or larger pot can easily support one or two plants and provide fresh cukes all summer long!