Cucumbers are a must-have on our plates all summer long, bringing crunch and freshness to our salads. It is known for its hydrating virtues for the skin, but it would also be excellent for our health, in particular for our bones, our heart and our transit. This pretty vegetable plant is a member of the cucurbit family like the zucchini and the melon. Botanically speaking, this star of the vegetable garden is a fruit that is eaten like a vegetable. Its best-known varieties are the "Dutch" cucumber, which is very sweet; the spiny cucumber, similar to the gherkin; and the mini-cucumber, which is really tasty. The cucumber is easy to grow as long as it is planted in warm soil and at a temperature above 12°.
To grow it in the garden, it is advisable to sow it under cover, in March or April, in cups of 3 or 4 seeds. Only after the risk of frost, between mid-May and early June, can the plants be transplanted to the garden, in soil mixed with compost. A distance of 60 cm between each plant must be respected. The cucumber needs a well-drained, light and humus-rich soil, as well as a wide exposure to the sun. On the other hand, they are not fond of humidity and cold.
After planting, it is recommended to mulch the soil to keep it cool. The stems of the plant can be maintained vertically by trellises. Regular watering is recommended. The ground should be weeded, hoeed and weeded to keep it clean. The plant can be pruned if necessary. Cucumbers are harvested between July and September, depending on the date of sowing. So, get to work on your calendars!