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Growing cucumbers in your garden or container

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • While made up of 90 to 95 percent water, cucumbers still provide a host of valuable nutrients, including vitamins A, B5, C and K, manganese, potassium, magnesium, molybdenum, copper, silica and fiber
  • Technically, cucumbers are a fruit. Three main categories of cucumbers are: slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers and English or gourmet cucumber, a thinner version with very small seeds
  • Most grow on trailing vines, although you can also find bush varieties suitable for container gardens, such as Hybrid, Salad, Picklebush and Arkansas Little Leaf, the latter of which will produce fruit without pollination

Cucumbers are one of my most highly recommended vegetables, and if you have a garden, you can easily grow them at home. Aside from being able to control pesticide and fertilizer use, you'll also avoid the wax applied to many commercially sold cucumbers. There are dozens of varieties that thrive in both cool and warm climates, although they can be a challenge to grow if temperatures are consistently in the mid-90s.


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