Cucumbers are great to have inside the fridge, especially during this hot season. They are very refreshing and flavorful, which you can use for garden salads, soups, side dishes, and so much more! In fact, you can also use cucumbers to aid tired and puffy eyes.
The thing with cucumber that you buy from stores is that some do not have that sweet and very refreshing taste. Instead, they have this intense bitter flavor, which is very hard to determine without cutting and tasting it. So to make sure that your cucumber will taste refreshingly sweet, you have to make sure that they are properly nourished while they are growing.
If you want to know how to properly grow cucumbers in your own garden, here are the steps that you have to do:
Cucumbers Love Water
The key to produce refreshing and flavorful cucumbers is to keep them hydrated. You have to water them regularly, to ensure that the soil is always moist. The amount of water needed will depend on the kind of soil that you have, and the weather as well. Remember, stressed cucumber plants often produce bitter cucumbers. Stress is often a result of plant dehydration.
Mulching will also help your cucumber plant to grow healthy and produce fresh tasting cucumbers. Mulching can also prevent weeds to grow near the cucumber plants, which is great, because your plants will not share the nutrients coming from the soil. Mulching is often best to be done when it is already summer, or when the soil is completely warmed up.
The thing with cucumbers is that they can be quite tricky to grow. They do love the heat of the sun, so they are best grown during the summer. However, cucumbers can also be very sensitive to heat. When the temperature is not managed properly, they will not produce good quality fruits, and they will not produce an ideal amount of harvest. Shading your cucumber plant is a good idea to control the temperature. You can either provide an artificial shade to control the amount of heat coming from the sun, or to plant higher plants beside it, to provide natural shade. Remove weeds that will share the nutrients of the soil too!
When your cucumbers are starting to form, and you see that they are green all over, that is a good sign that they are ready for harvesting already. If you leave them for a long time in the vine, you will end up having hard and stiff cucumbers that is not ideal for eating anymore. Ideally, when you start harvesting the first batch, expect to harvest the next batches every 2 days.
Once the cucumbers are harvested, it would be best to keep them inside separate plastic bags so that it will keep its moisture inside.
These are the different ways that you can do, in order to grow fresh, sweet, and flavorful cucumbers that will freshen you up during a hot summer day.
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