In most places where the Cucumber is grown out-doors, it is more or less troubled with the "Striped Bug," but if only a few dozen hills are cultivated, it is not a very troublesome matter to pick them off, which is about the only sure way to get rid of them. The safest method of raising cucumbers, however, is to cover the seeds when first sown, with the hand-glass described in chapter on Implements; which by the time they are wanted for cucumbers, are no longer needed over cauliflowers. If such hand-glasses are not obtainable, a simple method is to use a light box ten or twelve inches square, to place over the seeds after sowing, covering it with a pane of glass; this will not only forward the germination of the seeds, but will protect the plants against the bugs, until they are strong enough not to be injured by them. Bryant's Plant Protector, a simple article, made of light strips of wood, covered by mosquito netting, may be used instead of a hand-glass. This will be found equally valuable for protecting all plants liable to the attacks of flying insects, and against the light frosts, so often injurious to tender plants. Light, sandy soil is rather best for cucumbers; the "hills" should be prepared in the same manner as for Lima Beans, but set three feet apart, dropping five or six seeds in each bill. Cucumbers may be sown about the middle of May, and in succession, every three or four weeks, until July. The White Spine and Long Green Prickly are favorite varieties. The Gherkin or Burr is by some used for pickling.
Fig. 82. Bryant's Plant Protector.