Tips for Growing Cucumbers
One popular vegetable for many people is the cucumber. This vegetable can be eaten fresh or preserved as in a pickle. Cucumbers are crispy, crunchy, and delicious, for the most part. I know that some of you may not know this but cucumbers like any other plant can become stressed out. When a plant is under stress, the system is overloaded and different responses are received. A relaxed and calm cucumber will result in great tasting cukes. One that has been under stress will be bitter and taste unpleasant. Brings to mind that old saying “As cool as a cucumber”. I know that I have had a crop of cukes that turned out absolutely fab and others that tasted bitter. I found out what the cause of it was and have since modified my growing habits somewhat. Anyhow for those of you who want to some tips for growing cucumbers that taste amazing….here they are….
Tips for Growing Great Tasting Cucumbers
- Keep Them Well Hydrated-
When it comes to growing cucumbers the trick to having great tasting cukes is to keep them well hydrated. This is especially true when the plant is flowering and producing crop. Lack of water will cause the cucumbers to turn out bitter.
- Regulating the Heat-
Try to grow your cucumbers in an area that is sunny, yet also cool. Hot temperatures produce an abundance of male flowers. Try to keep this in mind before you plant your crop. Plant them in an area in which the sun is the furthest away from them in the afternoon and partly shaded by taller plants. You could also use a tarp or covering to shield them from the heat of the sun.
Mulching your cucumber plants will help them to retain the moisture. A plastic sheet covering the ground will keep the ground moist. During the summer months, straw or organic mulch such as grass can be spread over the ground to prevent the roots from drying out.
- Good Soil-
Always plant cucumbers in soil that has been mixed with organic matter. This not only adds important nutrients and vitamins to the soil but provides the plant nutrients as well. PH levels should be between 6.0 and 7.0. Cucumber plants grow best is raised garden beds.
Make sure to spend some time weeding through your cucumber crop. Insects such as cucumber beetles tend to thrive in weedy cucumber beds. A cucumber bed that is full of weeds is also susceptible to disease.
By following these simple tips for growing cucumbers will ensure that you have a great tasting crop. Careful planning of where to plant the crop is also beneficial to a successful growing season. I have changed out the location of where I plant my cucumbers now and find that my latest crop has tasted so much better.