Concombre Cucumber Pepino Gurke
Soil :Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.
Position : Full sun.
Frost tolerant : No
Helps: Beans, kohlrabi, lettuce
Helped by: Kohlrabi, nasturtiums, radishes, marigolds, sunflowers, peas, beans, chamomile, beets, carrots, dill, onions, garlic,amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus), celery, Malabar spinach
Avoid: Potato, aromatic herbs
Attracts: Beneficial for ground beetles
Repels: raccoons, ants
Sow and Plant :Easily grown from seeds sown directly in the ground, or start seeds indoors and set plants out when they are 3 weeks old.
Use a trellis to save space, or you can let cucumbers ramble over mulched ground.
Germination: 3-12 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap
Feeding : Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants begin to bloom heavily.
Harvesting :Pick cucumbers at least every other day by snipping them from the vine with pruning shears. Many varieties are extremely productive. Fruits with hard seeds inside are overripe.
Yield per 10ft (3m) rows: 10lbs
Time to harvest: 50-80 days
Troubleshooting :Cucumber beetles transmit an incurable disease called bacterial wilt. Exclude them with floating rowcovers
Notes : Sow 2 or 3 radish seeds in with cucumbers to repel cucumber beetles. One study showed a 75% reduction in cucumber beetles with the concurrent seeding of amaranth. Various sprays from lettuce, asparagus, Malabar spinach, and celery were found to reduce whiteflies.