One way to overcome this space problem for growing cucumbers is to use trellises or other climbing structures to give your cucumber supports.
This allows the cucumbers to grow up instead of letting them crawl along on the ground and using up precious garden space.
Anyone who has grown cucumbers knows that they take up a LOT of room in the vegetable garden.
Since cucumbers are a vining plant, they will attach themselves to any support that you provide. This keeps the cucumbers free of soil born diseases and makes them easy to harvest.
Give your cucumber supports
An added benefit of giving cucumbers supports is that they will be easier to harvest, less prone to diseases and the fruit will be cleaner.
I admit I am not the handiest person with a hammer and bolts, so I just used some old wire fence posts and jute to tie up my Cucumber trellis in a square shape.
It is not beautiful but it does the trick nicely.
The Gardening Cook on Facebook has some creative people who contribute to the page.
This cucumber trellis was built by fan Allison Norman’s husband. Want to share your husband with me for a weekend Allison?
Another of my Facebook fans – Debbie Smith Runnels suggested this option for a trellis: “I had some cut off limbs from my confederate roses, which I cut every year when finished blooming.
I tied them like a tepee and ran my cumber vines up them and it works wonderfully, and it was really cheap too!”
Variety of Cucumber Supports.
A garden obelisk is a great idea for giving cucumbers something to climb on. Making one is easy and they are both decorative and functional.
If you want a professional looking cucumber trellis, this A frame model might suit you.
- An electric drill *
- 4 -4-foot tall pieces of wood
- 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ carriage bolts *
- 2 1/4″ wing nuts *
- 4 -2-foot wooden stakes
- Wire cutters
- 4-foot wide, 8-foot long piece of welded wire mesh or chicken wire
- 1/2″ staples *
- Staple gun *
* items marked this way are optional but handy.
For step by step directions on how to build the A Frame cucumber Trellis, please visit Apartment Therapy.
Here is another great idea. This old crib cot frame makes a wonderful A frame trellis that just about anything will grow up! Idea shared from Grow Veg on Facebook.
This cucumber trellis idea from Gardener’s Supply shows how to plant under it for vegetables that like shade, such as lettuces. Great idea!
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