What not to plant in place of cucumbers: there will be no harvest
The key to a bountiful harvest is to follow crop rotation rules. Some crops are very depleting of the soil, taking up almost all the nutrients. For example, some gardeners say that cucumbers "cleanse the soil", meaning that they "drink" all the useful microelements from the garden.
Therefore, the next season after cucumbers, they advise planting unpretentious crops. Read more about the preparation of beds and crop rotation rules in the OBOZ.UA article.
What are intermediate crops
Intermediate crops are needed to saturate the soil with nutrients. They are usually sown in between the main crops.
Intercrops are used for fertilizer or silage. It is an environmentally friendly and effective way to enrich the soil and improve yields without using chemicals.
There are summer and winter catch crops.
Summer crops include:
- oil radish.
Winter intermediate plants are:
- winter rye
- winter vetch;
- winter rape.
What to plant after cucumbers
Leafy plants such as spinach and lettuce can be planted in the beds where cucumbers grew. These crops have a small root system, so depleted soil will not be a problem.
Experienced gardeners also recommend planting root vegetables:
Bulbous plants, including garlic and dill, are also suitable.
Legumes and cruciferous plants will be effective intermediate crops after cucumbers.
And the following crops should not be planted after cucumbers, because they are very demanding on soil and fertilizers:
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you how to fertilize cucumbers to make the harvest bigger and the plant more hardy.