When it comes to the different varieties of cucumber, you’ll need to know that there are basically two kinds of cucumbers: vining and bush. There are a few other varieties, but for this article, we will stick with the two main ones: the bush cucumber and the trunk cucumber. While there are a few others out there, they don’t make as good a garnish or as eye-catching a garden feature as the two cucumber varieties mentioned above. This article will focus on how to plant vegetables in a cucumber trellis.
How To Plant Vegetables In A Cucumber Trellis One way to plant cucumbers is by growing them horizontally. You can also grow them vertically, but for our purposes, we recommend growing them in a cucumber trellis. Why? Because the vertical planting position of the cucumber makes it easy to control the amount of sun the plant gets – a critical factor in growing any vegetable, especially cucumbers. As the plant grows, you are able to water the plants when you need to and restrict weeds from growing. Here’s how to plant cucumbers in a cucumber trellis:
If you have not used one of these before, start with a-frame trellis systems. Many commercial and residential landscapers have a-frame trellises available, but if yours are free-standing, then you will have to build them yourself. The foundation for an a-frame trellis is the same as that for the trellis, just smaller. For your first project, you’ll need a long two-by-four or smaller piece of wood that is at least eight feet in length. The bottom part of the frame should be covered with plastic and the top should be made of PVC pipe or galvanized metal. Four to six PVC pipes will be needed for the frame portion of your cucumber trellis.
Your a-frame ladder will generally have two pieces; the bottom will be about four feet high and the top is approximately three feet high. You will want to put the frame onto the foundation so it is level and straight. When installing your cucumber trellis, be sure not to put the bottom too close to the edge or you’ll find the plants growing at the base very weakly. Cucumbers like it to be a little distance away from the edge, but some do grow at the bottom fairly fast.
A small layer of sterile soil should be applied to the trellis before planting. This soil should be moist but not saturated. If you live in a dry climate, you may choose to supplement with sand, crushed gravel or perlite to provide additional nutrients to your cucumber plantings. Be sure not to over-water the plants or you could end up killing them by over-watering them.
Most cucumbers are planted approximately one to five inches deep. However, you can plant them anywhere you want as long as they are given ample room. Some varieties of cucumbers, such as long-stemmed, have a tall head that reaches up to ten inches high. These can be planted as well in large pots. The biggest concern is that you do not over-water them as this can stunt their growth.
When growing cucumbers from seed, the best way to get them established is by seeding them into small containers. When these vegetables reach maturity, they can be divided and replanted into larger containers. However, seed-grown vegetables will reach harvest much sooner than those that are grown from seed.
For those who wish to try growing cucumbers but have never bothered to get them started, you may also consider starting a hanging basket garden. A hanging basket garden is just what its name implies – a large basket suspended from a wall or other high structure. You can then grow cuttings from your cucumbers and plant them in this basket.