One of the crops that can grow all year round in warm climates like we have in the topics is cucumbers.
Cucumbers have been grown by man for thousands of years, and are said to have originated from the foot of the Himalayas. Pliny the Elder wrote that Roman Emperor Tiberius grew cucumbers on the Isle of Capri.
There are two broad types – pickling cucumbers and slicing cucumbers. Cucumbers are annual plants, meaning that you’ll need to replace them every year. Cucumbers don’t like their roots being disturbed, so it is best to put seeds directly into the garden where you want them to grow. Plant them 1 metre (3 feet) apart.
You’ll need plenty of organic matter in the soil, so be sure to add manure. When the seedlings appear, which should take 2-3 days, make sure they have a good amount of light, but not direct sunlight. Cucumbers are made of more than 95% water, so they’ll need plenty of moisture. When the fruits start to appear, place some hay or straw around them to keen them clean and to keep moisture in the soil.
Happy growing – send me your pictures to show how your cucumbers are developing!