Answer: Cucumbers really prefer to grow in the summer when both the weather and the soil are warm. If it's too cold, cucumber plants can fall victim to powdery mildew. You can help your soil warm faster this spring by using a black plastic mulch over the garden area. You can provide additional heat (and faster maturity), by cutting holes in the plastic and sowing your seeds in little mounds of soil once spring arrives. If you decide to start your cucumbers indoors anyway, use peat pellets or peat pots that you can plant directly into the garden, so the roots of the seedlings will be disturbed as little as possible during the transplanting process.
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