How to Grow Cucumbers

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Cucumis sativus

There's nothing like a refreshing cucumber salad on a hot summer day. Or a salad topped with low-cal cucumber-yogurt dressing. Just don't remove the rind, because you'll lose this veggie's best stuff: fiber and vitamin A.

Hardiness: Grown as an annual.

Planting advice: It's best to sow seeds outdoors 1/2 to 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart, two weeks after last frost. Thin to one seedling every foot. For extended harvest, plant another crop in mid- or late summer.

Harvest tips: Ready to pick in 50 to 100 days, depending on variety. Harvest when the fruits are green and firm; smaller is better.

Recommendations: Burpless, Caroline (pickling), Salad Bush (compact bush), Sweet Success.

Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"