Come on cucumbers...

10 January, 2013

Finally the summer crops seem to be hitting their stride. I had my first zucchini earlier this week, and today I picked my first cucumber.


I have copied and slightly adapted 500m2's cucumber growing strategy, but if I recall correctly her structure was made of posts and string for the plants to grow up. I've used some old lattice bits (plastic and wood) to build the required angled structure to allow the plants to grow up (the plastic bottles are to ensure I don't poke my eyes out by accident on the posts) but for the cucumbers to hang down between the squares which makes for easy pickings.


It works much better than when I've grown them up vertical supports, which required lots more training, or growing them sprawling on the ground, where finding the fruit is a challenge.

There are more cucumbers on their way.



Come on cucumbers!

4 comments:

  1. Oh I like it, I guess you could also grow shade lovers underneath too! Despite the shocking weather here, my cucumbers are thriving and may have my first pick soon. I might have to copy your copy of 500m2's solution.

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    1. Great minds think alike! I have already sown coriander seed underneath which is germinating. I'm hoping the relative shade will prevent it from bolting immediately, which coriander is wont to do in these hot temps of summer. Please do copy my copy and let me know how it goes.

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  2. Brilliant. I have for the first year decided to grow cucumber up the pool fence. I got about 5 and now while I have flowers with fruit they don't seem to be developing, although I am not sure it isn't rats eating them (sigh). I am going to work out a plan for next year doing it this way I think

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    1. That's a great effort. Maybe its also the extreme hot weather that is stopping the plants from setting fruit... who knows but it is annoying. Let us know how this strategy goes if you get a chance to give it a try!

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