Time to bust cucumber beauty myths. I know you’ve been waiting for this. Ever put cucumber slices on your eyes when they feel tired and puffy? Well it works. Cucumbers have been found to reduce inflammation and swelling due to their powerful antioxidants and flavinoids. Just remember to chill your cucumber before putting them on your eyes as they work through the cooling effects of evaporation and are best applied for around 5 minutes. Although I usually eat cucumbers, it’s comforting to know that if I decide to put them on my eyes, I’m not cray cray. However, the best way to avoid puffiness around the eyes is a low sodium diet. You might know what I mean when I say, you wear the pizza you had for dinner on your face the next day.
Moving on…if you want to grow cucumbers in a small space, like hanging baskets or containers, Spacemaster cucumbers are your friend (Cucumis sativus). Spacemasters are the masters of saving space and don’t dominate your surroundings like other cucurbits. It’s a compact plant, but boy, will you get a high yield of fruit. I don’t even bother to trellis them when they’re in the ground. The good news is Spring and Summer is the time to plant! All you need is a sunny, well drained position and keep them well watered. Think about it, cucumbers are about 95% water so they’re gonna suck up lots of water. Remember to always chuck a couple of handfuls of compost in when planting and never water the leaves-just the roots. Harvest when they’re about 10cm long and remain cool as a cucumber in summer!