Growing cucumbers is fun, easy and very rewarding!
If planted in fertile, evenly moist soil they are almost guaranteed to give you a bountiful harvest. They love direct sunlight too, so pick a sunny location! Like many other vine crops, cucumbers like their water. Make sure to work plenty of compost into the soil to help it retain moisture for your plants.
Whenever possible, if your garden slopes, plant the cucumbers at the end of the garden. That way they will receive all the water run-off after the rain. If possible, cover the ground around your plants with mulch. This will help the soil retain heat and moisture that your plants need.
In the past, we have always allowed our cucumber vines to sprawl along the ground, only to get trampled while picking, or missing some cucumbers altogether, so this year we decided to build a Cucumber Trellis!
By using a trellis, we will save much needed garden space. It will allow us to plant our seedlings much closer together and the cucumbers will be easier to harvest. The fruit will be straighter, cleaner and more uniform in color since they won’t be lying on the ground!
It will also make light work of watering them during the dry season. Below is a video example of a trellis we put together to show you how easy and affordable it is to build.
Throughout the summer, you will have to occasionally ‘train’ your cucumber plants to the trellis. This is easily done by simply inserting the stem of the plant through the wire or around a string (if you are using the string method).
Try out this method for yourself and tell us your results!
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