10 Basic Cucumber Growing Tips

Cucumbers are always great to have in any organic home garden. They’re one of the most popular produce in the market, so having them right in your backyard means you can enjoy them anytime and be able to reduce your grocery expenses as well.

Another good thing about cucumbers is that come with so many health benefits. Positive Health Wellness, a helpful website that provides valuable information on health and nutrition, reveals that cucumbers can actually:

1. Reduce cellulite and wrinkles

2. Boost your energy levels

3. Fight bad breath

4. Make your skin healthier

5. Cure hangovers

6. Moistens cracked heels and dry nails

7. Promote brain health

8.Fight intestinal worms

Cucumbers also possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic qualities so having it in your daily diet is definitely a plus. You eat it raw, add it to your favorite dishes, have it with water, or take as a juice detox. As long as you eat a cucumber every day, then you’re good to go! To learn more about this fantastic produce, please visit the Positive Health Wellness website.

Now that you know the health benefits of cucumber, it makes more sense to grow it at home. To help you start your very first cucumber plant, go ahead and read these beginner tips below. They will teach you the basics so you can enjoy the best-tasting cukes in no time.

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10 Tips for Growing Cucumbers

1. Plant where they will get full sun but in hot climate afternoon shade is best.

2. Space plants 3’ apart and rows 4-5’ apart.

3. Add plenty of compost and aged manure to soil when planting.  After vines and first flowers develop follow with side dressing of compost and manure.

4. If yellow leaves appear, your plant may need more nitrogen.

5. Trellising helps to keep fruit available for quick harvesting.

6. They need between 1 and 2 inches of water per week, keep the soil slightly moist at all times. Water deeply about once or twice a week and more often if you’re gardening in sandy soil.

7. Cucumber beetles will attack plants and spread wilt. Cover plants early with row covers, but once flowers for you must remove for pollinators.

8. Your soil should have a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

9. The more you pick cucumbers, the longer they will produce.

10. To harvest your cucumbers it is best to use a knife or shears. Grasp the fruit and cut the stem 1/4 inch above it.

Article Source: A Healthy Life for Me