DAYS TO HARVEST
Sow when soil is at least 65 degrees. Seeds will germinate the quickest (~7 days) at 80 degrees. Sow indoor in large-celled trays or outdoors once the soil has warmed.
The more compost the better! We transplant our seedlings directly into a hole filled with finished compost. Spraying with compost tea at transplant time is recommended.
Trellising is recommended for straightest fruit. They can be grown spreading as well.
1 foot apart if trellising. 2-3 feet apart if not.
Warm weather crop. Cucumbers will benefit from row cover before flowering stage to stay warm and to keep cucumber beetles off the plants. Be sure to remove row cover upon flowering so outside insects can assist in pollination. Mulching around the base of the plants will also keep the soil temperature more constant and create a barrier for female cucumber beetles trying to lay their eggs in the soil.
Harvest when fruits are no longer than 8-9″.
Dill, tansy, catnip, yarrow, castor bean, wormwood, nasturtium, mints, and marigold will help to deter beetles.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS