Cucumber Tips with CaliKim & Gary: Feeding, Insect Control & More (& a few Bloopers)

hi everyone welcome to the rusted
garden today Kim and I are going to talk about taking care of your cucumbers
early summer and how do you deal with insects and feeding them and I’m gonna
go over kind of the routine that I do and you can give us you know what you do
in your garden so we’re gonna start with taking a look at the cucumbers these
have been growing for a while they’re starting to flower cucumbers are
starting to form they haven’t been picked yet you know and the time that I
like to give them a water-soluble fertilizer and again the water-soluble
fertilizer is going to be taken up immediately through the leaves and it’s
going to be taken up by the root system now I’ve already fed these yesterday so
I don’t want to do it again but I want to talk to you about what we what I did
do and I know you use the fish fertilizer fish fertilizer the worm tea
usually used on a regular basis yeah from thermistor and I love the good dirt
plant food as well and this is an organic fertilizer from Miracle Grow and
it has an 11-3 8 and P&K and you’re looking for something with your
cucumbers with your melons even with your zucchini and squash that has a
higher number in here for the N P and K a lot of times I say use a 5 5 5 but the
11:38 is really good the fish fertilizer is a 5-1 1 and the vermis tara castings
is really a point one point one and a point four but this brings a lot of
other benefits which is the microbiology that’s right I mean I really feel like
this really keeps your plants healthy it gives them all that good bacteria so it
helps he keep some of the diseases away yep and I’d love to use as a foliar
sprays yeah and I like to there’s growth hormones in here too which is very
mysterious a is nature’s end product because it comes from the worms and I
use this you can mix it actually in with fish fertilizer you can mix it in with
whatever organic you want to use now I don’t want you to be stuck with just
using the products that I showed you the products aren’t as important as sticking
to a routine that’s right I you know recommend every 10 to 14 days with a
water soluble fertilizer but when it gets when the plants get to this size
and about ready to produce I’d like to give them an organic fertilizer I’d like
to give them the fish emulsion this is great for the soil biology too and I
like to do the worm casting tea and just
follow the instructions per gallon of water water in the leaves water in the
plant a couple of seconds of water in the root system a couple seconds on the
root system and they’re good to go here I knew a lot of people always ask me
what about the leaves getting wet we always talk about the powdery mildew and
you probably have more of an issue with that than I do but why is that not an
issue here when you’re doing the foliar feeding it’s kind of a myth because we
were actually waiting to come out here because it’s been raining it’s been
raining every day you know good hour so we’re getting the Maryland storms leaves
what get wet all the time so you can’t really damage your plant by wetting them
but if it’s and when it rains it’s cloudy so if they’re protected from what
the Sun so you just don’t really want to water the leaves midday when there’s
full Sun because it could cause some damage so water in the morning feed in
the morning water in the later evening if it’s cloudy don’t worry about it
but that works the best all right so I don’t know we could do well let’s just
talk about insects so this is BT I don’t know if you want to talk about that but
that’s a leaf doesn’t use this too much go ahead and well it’s just like I know
you use neem oil and it’s it’s an alternative to neem oil you can use BT
or neem oil and you again want to stick to a routine it doesn’t matter what your
product you use but this will go on the leaves you want to get on top of the
leaves chewing insects will come in chew your leaf in just the BT or ingest the
neem oil and I use both and don’t ask me why I just interchange them again
because it doesn’t matter so much the product but every 14 days every 10 days
you just want to stick to a routine with your sprays this is our canon definitely
organic this is a dust and let me just show people but depending on the size of
your crops you can buy this in a concentrate and you can do a one gallon
sprayer just don’t want to spray you back yeah but you just coat the leaves
pretty well you don’t really have to get the undersides if the chewing insects
are gonna come they’re gonna eat the underside to the top or they could eat
the top to the underside and you would just soak it down you want to try and
check the weather do this when you get to get three days of no rain
just don’t want it to get washed off and I know a lot of people too are really
concerned about the bees but really the this is for the chewing and sucking
insects right chew the leaves right and the bees aren’t gonna be chewing the
leaves so it’s really not something that you have to worry about and if you want
you can wait late in the evening when the bees go away this will dry and if
it’s dry there’s no way that bees are gonna get it into their system one of
the questions I probably get asked the most is what to do about squash vine
borers and I know use dust a lot for that I just explain what we do with it
okay so this is Captain Jack’s dead bug garden dust and the first thing that we
talked about before in other videos is that dust if it’s organic or chemical
doesn’t matter what it is you don’t want to ingest it and it will kill every
insect out there just about not everything but it will kill the bees and
that’s what people worry about so you have to use it wisely and I recommend
using it late at night when the good bugs go to sleep so to speak come out in
the morning wash it off and I’ll explain why you do that in a second for the vine
borers and for the crawling insects they’re gonna come right through here
vine borers usually lay the eggs the caterpillar
I’m sorry the butterfly lays eggs and the vine boy works its way down here so
we’re going to put the dust down there and I know we were talking about what
you do with the flowers so you just picked these flowers off and yeah it’s
great I’m learning a whole other thing here with the dust yeah so keep the
flowers away from where you’re putting the dust and that might come out first
since you don’t have to use it along California but just sprinkle it until it
starts coming out and get oh yeah are you all the way up the stem you can put
a lot on there okay and when you use dust like seven or you’re use Captain
Jack’s Dead bust yeah okay I can never say it dead bug dust it’s not a hundred
percent dead bug dust it’s a lot of filler too so it’s not all poison on
okay so that’s why you would do maybe go up a little bit further but you cover
this up you can leave this here you don’t need to wash that off but when
you’re washing off the leaves it can be a problem so just replace it and that
will take care of the vine borers the other thing is for the cucumber beetles
in this case since we’re doing cucumbers rather than dust like right in here
where you see all the flowers that’s where the bees
are going to go you dust the outside leaves okay let’s say you could do the
one up here let’s look around one right over here we can get that and maybe you
do I don’t know three to five leaves throughout your different plants and the
reason you do that put it on again in the evening if I wasn’t clear the
cucumber beetles will run all over the place they’re gonna run through the dust
they’re gonna die and come out early in the morning and you wash it off you
can’t guarantee you’re not gonna harm bees but you can greatly reduce the
damage that you do as long as you’re sticking to that routine and making sure
it gets washed off the likelihood of any of the good bugs being affected the bees
during the day is gonna be way reduced its its decreased greatly great and then
the other thing I know you have trouble you do get spider mites yes we do a ton
of them so this is a one gallon sprayer mixed with a teaspoon of peppermint oil
and enough soap so that when you shake it up the oil gets dispersed here for
about 20 seconds so every 20 seconds you want to shake it up again this is all
about routine so this is how I take care of the spider mites they’re really
resistant to insecticides and something like that so you just get in and it’s
gonna smell really good we’re spraying the peppermint oil all along the
undersides now you wouldn’t want to put down we kind of did it out of order you
don’t want to put the dust down and then wet it down with your pouring on
fertilizer or spraying so do the sprays and the feeding first when the leaves
are dry put down your dust in you evening and I know for me the spider
mites really come out in the hot dry weather yep so probably when we get back
home it’s gonna start getting into 90s and I’m definitely gonna be sticking to
a better routine this year with my cucumbers like you were saying you gotta
do it on a root it’s the routine so we sprayed right and now this is not gonna
harm be easy the univision if you spray the bees there’s a little bit of soap on
there but it’s not gonna matter that much so you soak the undersides down you
soak the top side down you could do this really two or three times a week if you
want if you really have a problem it doesn’t necessarily kill the spider
mites but it irritates them and it tells them and it really can manage the
damage that they do yeah smells amazing to you does it smell so good okay it
makes the garden smell wonderful it’ll also with that smell that we are
smelling right now it masks the scent of the cucumber of your squash plants of
your zucchinis from Bad insects so when they’re flying around they can’t smell
the damage leave because if you break this
it smells like cucumbers you know if you ever break or when you’re picking your
cucumbers so the peppermint peppermint oil masks the spray the bad bugs may fly
by you may save yourself a headache and the other thing that’s super important
is to do it before the problem occurs right so I know for me I’ve gotten some
spider-infested plants before and they’re really really hard to get rid of
right so definitely spray on a preventative basis that’s a whole lot
easier than going back and then taking care of the problem after you have an
infestation right stick to the routine so these cucumbers aren’t developing yet
they’re going to start producing I want to take you over to the other plants
that I’ve been producing and talk about a tip that helps you grow through the
summer 2 1 action now we harvested a whole bunch of
cucumbers from this plant the other day these have been in here for several
months now right Gary um yeah it’s going into probably the eighth week so they’re
going into like a second round of production they’ve got a lot of new
cucumbers coming on yep so I will do want to make sure that these get really
good to soak down with peppermint oil to keep the spider mites and any bugs away
that might come down or might come around very important you want to make
sure that you’re shaking up your peppermint oil because remember it has
soap in here you want to make sure it’s all dispersed evenly and also super
important that you do a test spray to your plants before you spray down all of
them so what I like to recommend is spraying them spraying just one or two
leaves waiting 48 hours to make sure there’s no damage right and then if
there is damage you want to make sure you’re adjusting the amount of oil and
soap that you have in here to you know just to make sure you’re
secure not getting down so they don’t damage and I highly recommend that to
peppermint oil is pretty safe because we’re just using a teaspoon but I agree
a hundred percent that’s what I write in every comment there just because you see
us come up with a neem oil recipe or baking soda rest recipe test spray
because different variables going on in your zone or with the weather can cause
damage and a cucumber leaf is a little bit stronger than maybe say
lettuce and the tomato leaf can take something more than this kid so you have
to really test out the spring depending on the scope it using – makes a
difference right this is the one of the most mild soaps but if you’re using
something that’s more of a detergent you want less soap and you want to check it
out so why you just spraying the top and the
bottoms the leaves are kind of dripping wet here yeah it smells so good great
yeah I don’t mind it’s getting on me at all so once a plant has been producing
for a while and you can see all up here really I’m gonna if you can get this
back over here but there are 1 2 3 4 5 6 cucumbers growing crazy right in this
space and this plan is doing well so this is about probably three weeks than
the cucumbers that we just went to they would get the same exact feeding very
similar to what we were talking about so again whatever your routine is you want
to hit your cucumbers when they were the size we just showed you and after
they’ve been producing for a while hit them again with your with your feedings
and just stick to that routine you want to keep them continually producing
because they’re heavy feeders they’re producing a lot of vegetables and we
don’t want to have and we’ll have some little breaks in the production but you
definitely want to have a second round of vegetables coming on and when there’s
this big actually I don’t have any but ever the numbers are B I always say 5 5
5 but it’s fine if it’s a four seven to a 7 3 3 it doesn’t matter grab a couple
tablespoonfuls that’s about my handful and sprinkle it around the base of the
plant when it rains or you water it in that will go to the plant the water
soluble will take care of it right away the granular stuff will take care of it
over a couple of weeks sometimes your cucumbers that this size are getting
beat up they’ve been producing that’s it when I recommend at about this period
when you’ve harvested more coming drop a couple of seeds into a cup or a
container at least this size after they germinate about what is it 14 to 21 days
after they germinate you want to get them into the ground because the smaller
plants will quickly catch up to this start to produce as this one might start
to die out and it’s better to have something new growing than to battle
with a plant that’s starting to die out I know you
do it a little differently in California yeah well we pretty much plant cucumbers
all season long so what I like to do is drop some into the peat pellets or the
little cups like that or little seed cells and then I like to get them
growing in the house under grow lights I don’t have a lot of extra space in my
garden to drop in seeds and that way just gets them off to a really fast
start and within two to three weeks you’ve got new cucumber seedlings to put
into the garden and reporter don’t forget to transition your plants from
the indoors to the outdoors or harden them off before you get them in the
garden where you get it there no matter what and because it’s 90 degrees really
sunny really hot I have actually grouse station these go under the shade so they
get a couple hours of light in the morning until they germinate and I’d you
know protect them that way yours are indoors they’re protected transition
them out you don’t want this sitting outside the whole day it’s gonna bake
it’s gonna dry out in the plants I go to produce but this is the way that I take
care of my cucumber plants one other little tip – now here you don’t really
have to worry about watering because you have so much rain right but in
California where we’re not getting any rain right now you really don’t want
your cucumber plans to dry out and get stressed when they’re flowering and
fruiting like at the stage of the this one is here here right here there’s tons
of flowers tons of fruit if you forget to water or your plants dry out then
it’s going to stop producing so it really needs that regular watering so
the roots don’t get stressed and so you don’t pretty earth so the plant doesn’t
grow cucumbers that are bitter you’ll have a lot less chance of bitter
cucumbers if you keep them well water keep it even and I won’t say of course
thanks for watching and the biggest tip I want you to take away from here is
stick to a routine that’s URI and I are having a ton of fun doing these videos
together really appreciate you guys watching let us know if you have any
other cucumber tips you’d like to apply in your garden we’d love to hear about
it thanks for watching see in the next video
hi everyone yeah ocular I’m how’d you get the same way okay
I’ll go hide one then you for welcome rest okay
three two one action now Gary I really having a lot of fun doing these videos
together so comment below let us know what you learn from this video if you
have any cucumber tips that you like to apply in your garden we would love to
hear about it

41 thoughts on “Cucumber Tips with CaliKim & Gary: Feeding, Insect Control & More (& a few Bloopers)

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  2. Quick question from zone 7. I have some bush cucumer seedlings growing and was woundering if they will have enough time to mature before the first frost. Loving the collabs btw?

  3. Thank you for sharing your tips. They will sure come in handy. just planted some spring seeds and placed them into the mini green house I put together yesterday. Cucumbers were among the plantings. Blessings

  4. Thanks for the tips…I’m having a problem with some of my cucumbers turning yellow and then dying but others are growing just fine can’t figure out what the problem is? I have not seen bugs either? And what is it when the vines seem to be splitting I have not seen worms or vine bores?

  5. Great timing! I literally harvested my first cucumbers ever, just minutes before catching this video. I have three different varieties in three different containers which are trellised on a chain link fence. They are spreading horizontally and filling in the space with a little hands-on guidance every couple of days. I'm in central Florida where its not easy to grow during our intense heat, but I am amazed at how healthy and prolific they are. I'm about to be overloaded with cucumbers and I love it! Time to invest in some masonry jars and start pickling. Great vid as always you guys, keep it up!

  6. Thanks Kim & Gary! I have Kim's Spacemaster cucs sprouting to replace my beat up spring planted cucs! I use FISH emulsion!

  7. Excellent video you guys- Wow what knowledge you both have & really helpful using 2 different climates. Please come to Brisbane Australia & do some workshops Guys. Cheers Denise – Australia

  8. Thanks for the great tips! I have a powdery mildew problem in my garden and it affects cucumbers greatly. I found the milk spray works great for me and keeps it under control for the most part. I am going to have the best crop of cucumbers ever this year. Thanks for all your help!

  9. Great video guys! I am really enjoying this East meets West gardening information. It's interesting to gain the understanding of differences in your style of gardening based on the environment where you live.

    My cucumbers are finally kicking into high gear. I've been watching my first cucumber grow daily and it amazes me how fast they grow. If you could sit still long enough I swear you'd see them evolve right before your eyes!

  10. My cucumbers are flowering now. I have 3 in containers and one in a bed. This information is very helpful! I switch between Neem Oil & BT. BT works great for the worms.

  11. Great video! Thank you, Kim and Gary and Jerry. You make a fanstastic team. It was especially good to learn about the differences in regards to the climates/weather conditions and respectic actions in your gardens.

  12. We get vine borers like crazy here in Florida. Dead bug dust, say that 10 times fast lol.. I'll have to get some.. The rain and humidity has been tough here lately. Its thunderstorming everyday and my garden is starting to flood so I won't be planting too much until we move into our new house. I can't wait to start setting up the landscape.

  13. I'm going to plant cucumbers next year i like to see a lot of voiads like that and tomatoes and Basil and okra and peppers plants

  14. Thaks for doing these collabs. Both of your hard work and info is so helpful because it covers the diversity in growing and the many needs. I realuze that having a large amount of tatics at hand and products, and application uses. I have a better tool box to pick from qhen i already have all the actual experience. Your data and input helps me to apply my specific needs and,experiment with more approaches. This is a lot of work for you all but so much fun to collab and discuss thibgs together. Makes for less jumping around as i get several ideas all in one place!!!

  15. I always wonder if you guys have day jobs, or if you devote most of your time to your gardens. If you work, you must be very, very busy between those responsibilities and your gardens.

  16. I love these collabs you two are doing! Thanks for the great information. I'm a beginning gardener, and I'm just starting to harvest my cucumbers. Keep the good stuff coming!

  17. Great video. Would love to find out what kind of wire weave that is used to create that first trellis in this video. Where did he buy it?

  18. I scrolled through the comment but didn't see this asked. I'm curious about the trellis being used for cucumbers. Other then keeping the plant off of the ground are there any additional benefits to using a trellis for the cucs? Thanks!

  19. Great info! I love watching you and Gary do your thing. Let me know when you're ready for another visit to the farm! Let's collab. 🙂

  20. Great episode calikim (and Gary). That was a very thorough overview that could help a lot of gardeners. Gary's garden is looking awesome.

  21. Hi Gary and Calikim..sorry I know the video is 4 days old but I have a question..why are my cucumber skins bitter..I don't use any pesticides so I like to eat the skins..also I find the skins thick..can you help me with this..

  22. I would not eat anything that was fed with Miracle Grow and growth hormones. There are much better, healthier choices out there.

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