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Garden Grow Guide
Where you are the student and the teacher
This online guide has been created to help you to successfully grow a variety of plants that thrive in the
tropics, using native seeds and plants to
get groing with wise advice from fellow backyard
gardeners and farmers.
You are welcome to ask questions and/or add
your wisdom and share and share growing and harvest
tips and recipes.
Fresh Organic Cucumber Grown in
Crysto Rey Village
|Cucumbers are the featured plant of the month of
by Mary Loan
Cucumbers thrive in tropical gardens as they grow well in hot weather as a delicious and nutritious crop with many benefits for good health and as a beauty aid. There are over 100 varieties of cucumbers. Be sure to choose varieties to plant that are disease resistant. Suyo Long variety is recommended as it is delicious while being heat tolerant and powdery mildew resistant.
Botanic name: Cucumis sativus, a member of the Cucurbitaceae family
Sun exposure: When choosing a location to grow cucumbers be sure to plant where there is full sun
Soil type: Not too sandy or too heavy clay-like soil. Cucumbers grow best in a rich loamy soil with lots of composted manure and rock dust fertilizer
pH: 6-7 Slighty acidic to neutral
to plant: Cucumber seeds have two core varieties,
bush or climbing.
It is best to grow the climbing variety on a
trellis or fence that has been secured in place
before the cucumber seeds are
Put the trellis about six
inches from where you plant the seeds.
Dawn Dean, author of 'Gardening in Southern
planting one seed every six inches along the
trellis or fence.
If you are planting
cucumbers on the ground, plant 3 or 4 plants in a 3'
x 3' area.
Pests: Cucumbers are susceptible to aphids, cucumber beetles, squash borers and powdery mildew. A weak solution of 1 tsp. dish soap mixed into a quart of water and sprayed on the plants is said to deter insects. Bugs may also be picked off and deposited in a container of water with a few ounces of citrus oil cleaner added. Banana and citrus peels scattered under the plants is said to prevent aphids.
Nutritional information: Cucumbers are very nourishing. They contain magnesium, potassium, silica, antioxidants and fiber and have many health benefits as they are good for digestion, help prevent heart disease, and the peels help create a balance in blood sugar for diabetics.
cucumber slices over your eyes can sooth and refresh
your eyes. In
case of sunburn cucumbers can be whizzed
in a blender with ice water and gently patted on
An easy recipe for refrigerator cucumber pickles from the Farmers Almanac. (You can access gardening information free by signing up online to the Farmers Almanac.)
6-8 cucumbers (approx 8 cups sliced)
2 bell peppers sliced
2 onions sliced
1 tablespoon salt
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. mustard seed
1 cup sugar (recipe calls for 2 cups)
2 cups cider vinegar
In a bowl combine sliced cucumber, bell pepper, onions; sprinkle with salt and set aside for about one hour, then drain (do not rinse).
In another bowl combine celery seed and mustard seed with sugar and vinegar, then pour over the cucumber, pepper and onion mixture. Gently blend together and place in jars in refrigerator. The pickles can be eaten right away, but are much better after one week. They will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator.
A healthy, attractive and refreshing beverage can be made by placing 3-4 slices of cucumber in a glass and adding cold water, let sit a few moments and enjoy.