To grow cucumbers outdoors successfully, it’s necessary to plant them in a sunny spot, protected from strong winds. Your soil must be well drained and rich in humus – prepare planting pockets as shown 2 weeks before planting.
End of May – June
Pinch out the growing tip when the plants have developed 6 or 7 leaves. Side shoots will then develop, and these can be left to trail over the ground or be trained up stout netting. Any shoots not bearing flowers should be pinched out at the 7th leaf. Keep the soil moist by watering around the plants, not over them. Mist lightly in dry weather, and place black polythene over the soil in summer before fruit formation, to raise the soil temperature, conserve moisture, keep down weeds and protect the fruits from rot. Once the fruits have started to swell, feed the plants with liquid tomato fertiliser. Fertilisation is essential: never remove the male flowers on the outdoor ridge varieties of cucumber.