How to Grow Cucumbers
After shopping at a store in town I was driving home when I seen a sign along the road saying plant sales. So I stopped and took a look at what she had to offer. What I saw was large healthy vegetable plants. Tomato, squash, cucumber, and many other healthy large green plants.
After talking to the lady (yes a lady) she showed me her garage. Inside it was a complete set-up grow tent with the lighting, fans, and everything she needed to grow year around. I peeked inside a grow tent and it was full of plants waiting to be sold, and some of them were ready to be harvested.
I bought some sets of the cucumber she had and now taking them home I was thinking on the procedure of planting them outside in my already and prepared garden space.
Why do I want cucumbers? Well cucumbers are extremely beneficial for overall health, especially during the summer since they are mostly made of water and important nutrients that are essential for the human body. The flesh of cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid, and the hard skin is rich in fiber and a range of minerals including magnesium, and potassium. Additionally, cucumber contains silica.
Now the Question???? Is Cucumber a Fruit or a Vegetable?
In a supreme court case in 1983 (Nix vs hedden), it was deemed that cucumber was to be legally categorized and taxed as a vegetable. According the supreme court in 1983, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other "fruits of the vine" that are grown in kitchen gardens and used in main courses in meals, rather than in desserts as fruit are, are to be considered vegetables. But is it really a vegetable, or is cucumber a fruit? Cucumbers fit the typical definition of a fruit meaning that they develop when the flower is fertilized and also contain the seeds of the plant.
Guess I will have to leave it up to you to decide.
How to grow the cucumber.
Cucumbers crave heat so plant them in full sun. 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.
A soil pH of 6.8 or higher is preferred for cucumbers and the soil temperature should reach 60 degrees and all danger of frost is past before plantng. Push two or three cucumber seeds an inch into the soil, spacing the plantings 18 to 36 inches apart. The bush varieties will tolerate a closer spacing.
Now a continuous water supply is necessary for the best quality fruits. A drip irrigation system is ideal in the cucumber patch. If this is not possible, water deeply once a week. When the cucumber plants begin to blossom and set fruit, a side dressing of balanced soluble fertilizer will help keep the plants in production.
Don't allow the fruits to become overripe on the vine as this signals to the plant that the seed-development process is nearly complete and it will shut down. Keep mature fruits picked to encourage further production. Harvest the fruits early in the morning before the sun hits the cucumbers for the best flavor and texture.
After all of this I should have picked up a indoor grow tent and started my own indoor growing garden.