Cucumbers are a tender heat loving plant that are part of the squash family along with melons, gherkins, courgettes, and pumpkin. Unlike their butternut, winter squash, and pumpkin cousins they are not hardy, and need careful attention from the gardener to be successful.
My favourite way of growing cucumbers is in a polytunnel. They thrive in the warm conditions, producing an early summer harvest. It is even possible to grow cucumbers on a sunny windowsill. The plants are natural climbers, so you will need to find a way to support the plants, and the heavy fruit, when they mature.
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