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6/17/11 8:06 A

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I just started growing cucumbers again last year. I had a terrible problem with cucumber beetles and gave up for a long time. But then I learned from someone on this team that nastursians will keep those awful bugs away. I tried it and it works! I had beautiful cucumbers and squash last year! And the nastersians are beautiful, too.

I planted Marketmore and Straight Eight this year. I planted them last year and they were great! I have a small garden, too. I made two tripod stand kind of things out of tomato stakes and they climbed up on those. It worked out great. I'll use that method again. My neighbor uses an old fenced piece to let them climb on those. That works well, too.

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Helena I think your definition of "hot" is different than my definiton. Here in Upstate New York we consider 68 degress hot! But thanks for reminding me, I think I'll go out in the break from the endless rain, and plant my cukes, peppers, and eggplant in the mud! emoticon






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5/26/11 10:17 A

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Every day I look at my cukes and wonder why they are so small, but I'm glad to hear it may just be the cool weather. We have had a long spring in GA and it is just now getting hot. Hopefully they will be on there way.

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thankfully it stopped raining here (mostly) for the weekend. Hopefully my cucumbers dry out a bit.

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5/22/11 1:58 P

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yeah I am worried about that too because it has done nothing but rain. I only planted one of the seedlings to test the wet weather, the others are still in the flats that I bring in and out each day.



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5/22/11 1:55 P

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oh, that explains why my seedlings are staying small. I might have to bring mine if if they are to last to summer. We have a rainy spring around here!

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I bought a small flat of 4 seedlings. I asked the guy what I did wrong last year because I only yielded 2 cucumbers from 4 plants. He said I probably over watered them. He said the soil needs to get totally dry in between waterings or they get root rot.



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trellis also helps with keeping the slugs off them, but they will grow just fine without and you can let your son go through and pick off the bugs if you want.

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SAMIAM you don't have to trellis them. It's just if you don't have the room. There are also bush types and vining types. Check and see which you have.






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I am SO glad I read this thread! I am a first time vegetable gardener and my son (4) decided we needed cucumbers. I had NO idea that I should trellis them! I was planning to move the starts outdoor this weekend, so now I will put them with the peas & beans against the trellis wall! YEA


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They should be fine if you plant the bush variety.






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5/19/11 12:30 P

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Oh, I want to grow cukes too. We're moving in the middle of June. Do you think they'll grow if I plant them in a big planter or a 5 gallon bucket?

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I was inspired by this thread and went out and bought some starts... Now I will be trying cucumbers for the first time in years. I bought the bush type so hope they don't take over everything else in this raised bed! My husband doesn't even like them much but I just thought what the heck!

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5/18/11 11:48 A

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Last year we had massive successes with our cukes. This year they're pretty slow however we haven't had a lot of REALLY hot weather which of course they cucumbers love.
I've grown the pickling cukes before and the traditional long ones you normally see in the grocery store.
This year we're going with National Pickling Cukes, Lemon Cukes and White Wonder from Burpee which I've never grown before. We grow all ours on a trellis we made from a deck tent. As they grow we train them to grow up and through all the trellis work. Looks really pretty come July!

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I think I'll give that suggestion a try. I have a small garden, but love fresh cucumbers!

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My sister used a tomato cage on hers last year. That way the vine grew up, the cucumbers hung down. It didn't take up as much space or was as hard to find the cucumbers.

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I think everybody had problems last year! I'm in NY and had problems with blight on tomatoes and mildew on the cucumbers. I never had problems before. The farmers were complaining too. Unfortunately, with all this rain, this year may not be any better!






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Everybody in our area (North Texas) had problems with their tomatoes last year. It was not a good year for tomatoes.

This year I am growing 4 different types of tomatoes. I'm determined to get tomatoes this year!

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last year was the first year I had problems with them. They seemed to get whatever killed off my tomatoes last year. I have them in pots right now and I am putting the in a different garden bed this year so hopefully that will help. I grow them on tomato cages which keeps the off the ground a bit.

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I started mine from seed. They seem to be doing well so far.

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I find that they don't germinate well for me when I plant them in the ground so I start them in peat pots or those Jiffy pots. I have raised beds and grow them up a trellis (actually fencing my husband put between two posts). My favorite is Diva from Park seed. They're burpless and don't get bitter if I forget to pick them right away. They're sweet, crisp, have a small seed cavity, and have a thin skin. I tried a small cucumber called Zhitnik which was really crispy and sweet. I used to pick them and eat them right off the vine but for the life of me I can't remember where I bought the seeds from. Nurseries sell Marketmore and they're good too. I also have an Armenian cuke which goes from white to brown!
If you don't have room, try a bush type with the smaller cukes.






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Last year I planted a whole packet of cucumber seeds and got NADA. This year I put in a few starts I got at the nursery, so fingers crossed.

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I never had any problem growing cucumbers but I don't plant them until the end of May or early June here. Don't plant them too early, though because they do not like cold weather and even the slightest frost can kill them. Another thing, is don't plant them near your watermelons or your watermelons will taste like cucumbers.


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Cucumbers do need consistent watering.

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We have never had luck with cucumbers either but are giving it another try this year.

I found seeds for small persian cucumbers. My husband had had these years ago and really liked them. Other wise he can't stand them.

I read that cucumbers need lots of feeding and consistent watering. This was probably where we went wrong. We did not fertilize and the watering was too inconsistent. So I am babying them this time. I need to put up a trellis pretty quick as they are starting to take off!

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The kind of cucumber you grow depends a lot on what you plan to do with them. We grow the kinda prickly cucumbers, because we do a lot of pickling. Last year we grew the smooth kind for fresh eating. We always put strands of wire (like a fence) so the cucumbers can grow up. It makes the vines and picking much easier.

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I could use some advice from those of you who grow cucumbers. I have never had good luck with these. What kinds of cucumbers do you plant and what is it about those breeds that you like?

Also, how do you tame the vining so it's manageable????? I have just 6 raised beds so my space is limited.

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