By pthere from Hamilton, New Zealand
I grow my cucumbers in a wire cage. It is made out of fencing wire and about three feet around. Cucumbers usually just grow on the ground and take over whatever they want. This way, they are confined a little. I just keep putting the runners back inside the cage when they grow out. The trellis idea is interesting.
I just used regular tomato cages and ran the vines through the spokes. So far, so good! I think you don't want them on the ground if you can help it. They could get moldy.
By Sarah in IL
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I planted some really cool red corn as an experiment really close to my cucumbers and they climbed it nicely. We must have really good soil where I live because I did almost nothing to feed or fertilize them, and they were monsters. We had so many we were giving them away to anyone who would take some. Lol
We made a trellis out of 4 metal fence posts and hog fencing. Drive 2 sets of 2 posts about 3 feet apart by the width of the fencing, this will make a nice, sturdy trellis that will last from year to year. Plant your cucumber seeds or plants close to the fencing and keep guiding them through the wire as they grow. Add a sunflower at each corner for an amazing garden feature and you will yield more fruit and no powdery mildew by keeping the cukes off the ground.
I seem to always get cucumber beetles. I hate to use insecticides. I've tried neem oil and spraying with soaps and other natural concoctions. I will have beautiful plants and the next day the whole thing dies. Help!
GOT SOME SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND AM GONNA TRY YOUR TIP ABOUT THE CUKES AND FLOWERS. ALSO I USE BRANCHED STICKS WE COLLECT IN THE FALL FOR MY POLE BEANS TO RUN ON( THEY'RE FREE )AND I USE THEM FOR THE CUKES TOO. JUST PLACE THEM A LITTLE CLOSER TOGETHER.
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