Video: Open Field Cucumbers
In the conditions of our unpredictable summer, we have to master different ways of planting cucumbers. I have already talked in the "FloraPrice" magazine about how you can grow cucumbers in small containers (buckets, barrels, etc.), which can be easily moved around the summer cottage depending on weather conditions and the desire to change the existing interior of the site.
However, the yield of cucumbers with this technology is not high enough to meet the needs of the family. Therefore, for the second year I have been growing cucumbers in the open field. This method is good for those gardeners who do not have tall greenhouses and greenhouses.
The main condition for success here is to choose the right variety for local conditions and follow the planting and care technology. I buy seeds of cucumbers for the open ground firm "Hardwick": Pavlovsky, Dvortsovy, Zastolny, Autumn gherkin. They have been delighting me with their harvest for more than one year.
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I sow seeds directly into the ground in the garden. Sowing dates depend on weather conditions and on the lunar sowing calendar. For example, in raw 2004, I sowed cucumbers in early May. I prepare a bed for cucumbers as follows: I dig the ground by 20 cm with a pitchfork and apply fertilizers (one bucket of humus and a glass of ash per 1 m2 of the garden).
Then I make holes with a diameter of 20-30 cm at a distance of 80-90 cm from each other. I pour a little ABA fertilizer into the hole. Then I carefully put 3-5 seeds there, with the nose down at a distance of 4-5 cm from each other. After that, I cover the entire bed with an old film from the greenhouse and fix it with wire U-shaped pins (the film is not removed until the end of the season).
When cucumber shoots appear (three leaves), I cut the film, leave the three strongest plants in the hole and cover them with the upper half from a plastic five-liter bottle with a neck and a lid (the lid can be removed in hot weather). When the plants get stronger (4-5 leaves appear) and warm weather sets in, I remove these protective containers. I do not pinch the whips, but spread them over the surface of the film evenly throughout the garden. In the future, to lower the temperature or when cold dew falls out, the lashes can be covered with lutrasil or film.
Advantages: under the influence of the sun, the earth under the film warms up well, moisture evaporates slowly, there are enough nutrients and water in the soil for the root system of cucumbers, so there is almost no need to water and feed them.
If there is no dry weather, cucumbers get moisture due to rain and dew flowing down the leaves. Of course, weeds grow under the film, but their growth is held back by the film. Weeds have to be removed only from the holes.
As a result, we get so many cucumbers that we have to solve the problem of their processing and use. This technology of growing cucumbers was appreciated by my gardening neighbors "Sport". They say that they will also try to plant and grow them in the beds in the same way.
On our site, not only beds with vegetables, but bushes of black, red, white currants also grow. The harvest of black currants is not always stable - it often depends on the weather, but there is no need to complain about red currants - there are always a lot of them. I made jelly from it, stoked the juice in the oven and added it to the cucumber marinade. I offer my own recipe for such a blank: