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The Cucumber Grower’s Guide

Please check out the brief video above, to learn what this premium gardening guide is all about—the video will give you a glimpse into all the content in this gardening guide, including history and background, planting tips, specific plant profiles, recipes, nutrition and health information, and resources to help you be the best food gardener you can be.

Cool, crunchy, and easy to grow, cucumbers add a refreshing taste to salads, soups, appetizers—even beverages! So, get ready to learn all about how to grow this popular crop. According to the National Gardening Association, nearly half of all American households grow cucumbers—second…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
You’ve heard the expression “cool as a cucumber”? Well it’s absolutely true! Cucumbers have been used for their cooling and refreshing properties for thousands of years. Not only do many international cuisines incorporate the cucumber in their repertoire, but people have eaten and applied cucumbers to their skin…  READ MORE right arrow
Cucumber on vine


A single cucumber in the garden.
Cucumbers come in two main types: slicing and pickling. Slicing refers to cucumbers you cut up for eating plain or in a variety of dishes.  READ MORE right arrow
Cucumber seeds
Getting your cucumber garden started every season begins with the choice of how to grow your plants—from seeds or seedlings? Buying seedlings at your local nursery is quicker and easier, but your choices are limited to what they carry, and the cost of seedlings will likely exceed the cost of starting from seeds.  READ MORE right arrow
Cucumber seedlings in pots.
When first planning your cucumber garden, you should consider the type of land you can tend. If you have a large outside plot of land with the right soil and the right conditions for watering and draining, you might have the ideal situation for planting directly in the ground.  READ MORE right arrow

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