With many different varieties to choose from, cucumbers are grouped into three main types. Slicing cultivars include Straight Eight, Marketmore, Lemon, and Space Master. Pickling cultivars include Parisian Gherkin, Garden Bush Pickle, Picklebush, and Pick a Bushel. Burpless cultivars include Suyo Long, Summer Dance, and Early Spring, to name a few.
Watermelon plants grow in very distinct stages in the garden, each with unique characteristics and needs. Seeds germinate within about a week of planting, and sprouts push through the soil surface. Vegetative growth occurs to develop a main vine with several small vines sprouting from it. Male and female flowers appear on the vines, and then, if fertilized fruits develop. The whole process takes about three months.
The right companion plants can increase the growth and yield of your cucumber plants, and decrease pest and disease problems. Tomatoes, beans, corn, cabbage, and sunflowers offer shade in the summer. Nasturtium, marigolds, radish repel harmful insects. They also grow well with summer squash and lettuce.
It’s easy to grow any of the three types of cucumbers — slicing, pickling, and burpless — in your home garden. If you’re limited on space opt to grow bush types or install a trellis to grow plants vertically. They can even be grown in containers. You can expect to harvest 50 to 70 days after planting.