One of my many ‘container’ gardening successes is growing cucumbers in pots. Rather than plant seeds and wait weeks for them to germinate I buy the seedling plugs from local markets.
The only downside is that there are no “fancy” varieties to choose from, or perhaps I should view that as an upside because the plants they sell are hardy and more suited to the climate of the local area. If the veteran Portuguese gardeners are buying them for their hortas, then the varieties are good enough for me.
When to plant: Cucumber plants are available in the Algarve from January onwards although this year I never planted any until March and then not again until May.
Containers: I use a 12x12inch plant pots planting three plants per pot.
Soil: I use a good quality general purpose compost which I mix with sandy soil. Three parts compost to one part soil.
Feed: Once the flowers have formed I feed weekly with MiracleGro or liquid manure which I make from soaking Alpaca or horse manure.
Watering: Water daily and don’t let the soil dry out. I made that mistake and the baby cucumbers withered and died.