Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Growing cucumbers up

I am trying something new this year with the cucumbers.  I made two towers and am going to trya nd train the cucumbers to grow up them.  I've seen photos of people's gardens where they have done this with some success.  Hope it works out because we don't have the space to let these things just meander.
My daughter and I also took on a small art project and we added painted windows to the side of the garage.  They look nice and the back yard has shaped up pretty good this year.  I have two more projects that I'd like to finish before the end of the year though: I'd like to attack the gutters and finish that mosaic.      

6 comments:

Donna said...

I been growing cucumber on a trellis for several year. I would add a few more horizontal supports and you will need to wrap the vines throught the supports. Having them on the trellis makes it easier to pick them. Good Luck!!

Chris said...

Great! Thanks so much for the advice.

Manda said...

I grow mine up a trellis as well. I've got wood supports on the trellis and then I string nylon netting (sold as tomato trellis) across the wooden supports. The cucumbers climb right up it. :)

Chris said...

Cool. I should have mentioned that I am using velcro straps for the plants this year. It came in a roll and is sold in the gardening department. I am hoping they are sturdy enough to be re-usable. I'll have to post more if I have success with them.

Oliver's Bungalow said...

I've had some success growing my cucumbers on twine netting in the past couple of years. You'll love it. They need some encouragement to get started, but once they are a foot or so from the ground, they'll keep climbing on their own. Just make sure they don't grow taller than you can reach! And, I'll echo what Manda said, give them some string to grab hold of. Their little tendrils won't be strong enough at first to grasp even the 1"x1" of your trellis.
-Christine

Fargo said...

Nice job!

I've used a framework of PVC pipes with chicken wire as a cuke, pole bean and tomato support. It's attached to a wall of the house, with a few inches of space between the wall and the chicken wire surface. It's worked rather nicely for several years now. I just use garden twine for assistance if a plant's tendrils aren't quite doing the job.