Cucumbers are one of the most popular vegetables to grow yourself. Whether salad cucumbers or pickling cucumbers, the crunchy vegetable, which is now a popular ingredient in most summer salads, can be easily grown in our latitudes in the garden, greenhouse or even in a pot. However, the different varieties of cucumbers require different care, which leads to some mistakes in the cultivation, which can later jeopardize the harvest. Today, we’ll share some tips on how to grow classic lettuce or snake cucumbers while avoiding some common mistakes. Read on to optimize yields in your own vegetable garden.
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Growing snake cucumbers: These are the mistakes you should avoid!
For any gardener, a thriving garden is the number one goal. When it comes to a kitchen garden, high yields are the biggest sign of a garden job well done. When growing snake cucumbers, there are a few mistakes that can affect the harvest of fresh, crisp cucumbers in mid-summer. Read on to find out what they are.
Cucumbers planted too early
If you planted your snake cucumbers in the bed as late as April or early May, this can contribute to a small or even no harvest. These crops need light and warmth to thrive, and the wrong planting time can have really bad consequences.
Even if the cucumbers were first grown indoors, the right timing plays an important role. Sowing should not be done too early, otherwise the seedlings will grow too large. For preplanting cucumbers two to three weeks is completely sufficient. After this time, or as soon as the seedlings have set a true pair of leaves, they may be moved to the open ground.
What you can do: plant the cucumbers in the greenhouse instead of directly in the open ground. Alternatively, if planting early in the garden, you can use black mulch film to raise the soil temperature for the young cucumber plants. If there is a risk of frost, be sure to cover the seedlings. For this purpose, you can use, for example, garden fleece or various empty containers such as buckets and pots.
To save this year’s crop, you can now buy what seedlings and put them in the ground. June is not too late to plant cucumbers, because they still have enough time to grow, bloom and bear fruit.
Grow snake cucumbers without a trellis.
Cucumbers usually grow tall and therefore need a suitable climbing frame. A sturdy climbing aid not only helps them grow faster, but also increases yields, saves space and protects the plant from diseases and pests. In particular, snake cucumbers absolutely need a support and in no case should be grown without a trellis.
What you can do: as a climbing support for cucumbers are suitable both ready-bought, and homemade trellis. Choose a variant that best suits your garden or greenhouse, and install it as soon as possible. In principle, in the greenhouse cucumbers should be guided by ropes or wires, while for the garden trellises and other trellises are more suitable.
Watering errors can also deprive you of the harvest
Lettuce or snake cucumbers need plenty of water to thrive and bear lots of fruit. Between one and three quarts of water per plant is needed daily. The soil must not dry out too much, otherwise a good harvest is not expected. Still important to note is that cucumbers have a very high water requirement when they form the first fruits. So at this time, in any case, do not stop watering.
If you grow snake cucumbers, the humidity is also very important, so growing them in a greenhouse would be recommended. The ideal value of humidity is about 60 percent.
What you should do: water the cucumbers with lukewarm water in the morning. This will also help prevent the formation of bitter substances, so your cucumbers will always taste mild and slightly sweet instead of bitter. Water from the rain barrel is best.
To create a humid climate in the greenhouse on hot days, spray the paths between the vegetable beds with water. However, be careful not to wet the cucumber leaves. This can lead to various diseases. So moisture may be, water, on the contrary – not.
Planting wrong neighbors in the cucumber bed.
Just as some plants fit well together , there are also those that should not be next to each other. If you get a good harvest of snake cucumbers, you should know false neighbors and in no case put them near cucumber plants.
Potatoes strongly compete with cucumbers for nutrients and water, so they should not be planted together. Cucumbers also favor potato blight, so negative effects occur with both vegetables.
Sage is said to inhibit the growth of snake cucumbers, so you should plant it elsewhere. Also avoid all types of mint, as they are too aggressive in garden beds and can interfere with both cucumber space and their nutrients. Plant mint in a pretty pot instead.
Pests that like cucumbers also find melons tasty. To protect both crops, be sure to plant them spaced apart.
Also, in the greenhouse, do not grow tomatoes next to cucumbers. Both plants have different requirements in terms of humidity, and you can not meet the optimal conditions for both at once.