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How To Grow Cucumbers on a Cucumber Trellis

Cucumbers are one of the essential summertime fruits, and growing them on a cucumber trellis is a great way to ensure that you have plenty to eat all summer long. Although they are simple and easy to plant, even for the beginning gardener, they can take up a good amount of space if they are left to grow on the ground. Therefore, growing them on a cucumber trellis is not only a simple way of ensuring that they don’t get attacked by snails and rodents, but also takes up far less room.

If you live in a warm climate, then you can sow your cucumber seeds right into the soil. However, if you live in a cooler climate then you might want to start growing your seeds in a cold frame and then transplant them to the soil later on.

In either case, your soil needs to be rich and fertile. You can help ensure this by adding compost to your soil. You should then stand your trellis in this soil. If you live in an area that is very warm, you want to make sure that you choose a space that gets a bit of sun, but you don’t want to stand your trellis in the direct sunlight.

There are different types of trellises available but you should pick the cucumber trellis that works best for you. Some people use mesh wire fence and stand it up between posts of metal fence. If you decide to do this, then you should create a small hill of compost about halfway across the wire and then plant 3 seeds or 3 plants in the hill.

Sometimes, it works better if you are growing smaller cucumbers this way as opposed to the larger ones. That way, they don’t pull off the vine once they start growing up the cucumber trellis. If you do decide to plant bigger varieties then you might have to find a way to support them as they grow larger.

Each cucumber plant will require about 20-30 centimeters on either side so you should make sure that you space apart your little hills with this in mind. The seeds will take around 10 days to germinate and they should be watered regularly. Until they germinate, you might want to cover the seeds using a jar in order to keep pests away.

In the beginning, you might find that you have to place the vines on the trellis in order to encourage them to climb up it. After that, they should be fine on their own, however.

Once a plant has more than 8 leaves on them, pinch out the tendrils in order to continue encouraging growth. You should also weed out the weakest plants once they sprout because cucumbers tend to germinate well and you only need the strongest plants.

Your cucumber vines should continue producing fruit for awhile, as long as you apply a weak fertilizer to them and harvest them frequently. You should also water them frequently, too, or else they are prone to have a bitter taste.

If you harvest often and apply weak fertilizer teas, the vines have the potential to be fruiting for a long time. If too much fertilizer is used, it will cause leafy growth.

If you don’t have access to fencing wire mesh then you can also use an old ladder, too. Just make sure that you anchor the ladder well. You can do this by digging 6 inch deep holes and sink the ends of the ladder into them. If it is not a folding ladder, then you might need to use wooden slats, such as those used for tobacco, to help keep them propped up.


 

 


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