Gardening tip: Keep your cucumbers healthy

Handpick and destroy cucumber beetles from cuke vines to minimize wilt disease spread by the insect. Sow fresh cucumber seeds for a crop in late summer. Vines need rich soil and plenty of water. If space is limited or mildew has been a problem, grow and train vines on trellises.

Adrian Higgins

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."
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