And only from 6 cucumber seeds!
For some reason, we had been buying those long tunnel-grown cucumbers and it had been ages since I’d planted any of my own.
So early this summer I decided to give it a go. I chose a north-facing spot along the fence of my vegetable garden because I prefer cucumbers to climb.
Cucumbers that lie on the ground are liable to be eaten by insects. And in any case, they always have a white underbelly where they have been in contact with the ground.
So I prepared the soil with lots of home grown compost. And then I bought a packet of cucumber seed and planted about 18 seeds.
It wasn’t a big patch as I reckoned we only needed one or two cucumbers a day.
In a few days the seedlings sprouted. And once they were well established I thinned them out to only six plants at about 50 cm apart.
You’ll notice that I didn’t use seed trays or seed boxes. I always prefer to grow in situ wherever possible so that the seedlings don’t get disturbed.
I watered them well every day and very soon they started to climb up the fence. They didn’t need any help at all and seemed to take on a life of their own. It wasn’t long before dozens of perfectly formed baby cucumbers began to sprout all over the vine.
Luckily we had good rains during the season and I soon had more cucumbers than we could possibly use. I gave away a lot of cucumbers to family and friends and of course I pickled cucumbers and made cucumber salad till the family went on strike!
Trouble-free Vegetable Gardening
The bottom line is that my cucumbers grew easily and without any fuss.
I found it to be an ideal crop for trouble free vegetable gardening. And I really mean trouble-free because I am into organic gardening and I didn’t use any sprays or artificial fertilizers.
If there were one or two bug-bitten plants I simply threw them out to the birds! There were more than enough for all of us!
Next time I’ll give you my very quick and easy recipe for cucumber pickles.