Cucumbers are annual vegetables loaded with vitamin A, C and potassium. Although they are a healthy, refreshing snack to enjoy, cucumbers tend to cause indigestion in the form of burping. To avoid this potentially embarrassing affliction, gardeners can grow burpless cucumber varieties. Burpless cucumbers cause less indigestion and stomach pain than regular cucumbers. The skin on burpless cucumbers is thinner, making them more edible than the thick-skinned varieties. Growing burpless cucumbers is a low-maintenance and simple way to add healthy vegetables into your diet.
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Things you need
- Rotary tiller
- Bagged compost (or homemade compost)
- Slow-release fertiliser
- 5- to 6-foot trellis
- Burpless cucumber seeds
- Garden twine
- Peat pellets (optional)
Loosen the soil 12 to 24 inches deep with a rotary tiller. The planting site for growing the burpless cucumbers needs six to eight hours of sun. Add a 4- to 6-inch layer of bagged compost to the loosened dirt and mix with a shovel. Alternately, you may also use compost made at home from grass clippings, eggshells, kitchen scraps and leaves.
Mix a slow-release fertiliser according to the label directions and then add to the soil at the planting site. Once per month, side-dress the burpless cucumber plants with the same fertiliser ratio to nourish the growing plants with nutrients.
Insert a 5- to 6-foot trellis into the loosened soil. Mound the soil up with your hands to create one hill in front of the trellis. Push three burpless cucumber seeds 1 inch into the hill, spaced evenly apart. Cover the cucumber seeds with soil.
Water the hill until the soil is thoroughly moistened. Continue to give the cucumber plants regular water so the soil stays damp.
Dress the surrounding soil with mulch when the burpless seedlings reach 4 to 6 inches in height.
Tie the burpless cucumber seedlings to the trellis with garden twine when the seedlings grow tall enough to reach the bottom.
Tips and warnings
- Get a head start on growing your burpless cucumbers by sowing them indoors in peat pellets one month before the last hard frost. Move the burpless cucumber seedlings outdoors after the last hard frost.
- Harvest the burpless cucumbers by cutting them from the vine with scissors when they turn dark green and reach at least 6 inches in length. If your cucumbers will be used for pickling, harvest them when they are at least 4 inches in length.
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