One of the best-kept secrets of the vegetable world is that bigger is not always better, and cucumbers are a good example. Though one of the advantages of growing them yourself is that store-bought cucumbers tend to be heavy in the pesticide department, the little ones you pick out of your own backyard will also be tastier and have fewer seeds than the giants in supermarkets. Cucumbers are high-yield plants, and vines will bear fruit as long as you continue to harvest them.
Grow cucumbers in moist soil with plenty of fertilizer, or they'll become misshapen and taste strange. Cucumbers are also climbing plants, and a vertical trellis is a good way to ensure straighter cucumbers, as well as protect them from slugs and beetles.
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