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Old 06-22-2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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How do you grow your cukes?

i have 6 english cucumber plants that still need to get into the ground to finish off my summer garden.

i was wondering how you grow your vines? trellis, or on the ground?

if you trellis, what type?

if on the ground, do you mulch underneath? with what?

tia for any answers. i have to get these puppies planted asap. either today or tomorrow.

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:05 AM   #2
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Where is Bolas when you need him?

I never planted the english style cukes but, with the others we just planted them and let nature take over.

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Old 06-22-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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I am trellising this year, for the first time. I have a trellis I built for my hardy kiwis, and until they fill it in, I am using part of the space for pole beans and cukes. That doesn't help much, does it?

Usually, I grow cukes on the ground. I mulch with cardboard, and lay straw on top to hold it down. By fall, the cardboard has disintegrated, and I can till it in. Makes for more organic material in the soil--a good thing.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:46 AM   #4
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I grow mine along the fence (that gives the cukes a trellis). I teepee my pole beans (the deer will eat them if I grow them on the fence--at least, those that end up on the other side of the fence).
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:52 AM   #5
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In the past I have grown them on the ground with no mulch. Worked fine but I would miss some and they would get huge. My Dad has some growing on a fence this year. That should work a lot better.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:16 AM   #6
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Where is Bolas when you need him?

I never planted the english style cukes but, with the others we just planted them and let nature take over.

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Ditto.

Cukes are one thing I grow that I never have any issue with. I plant them on the ground, usually too close to each other, and just water and weed. I always have more dukes than I can handle.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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I'm trying 3 different methods this year, I'm growing some up a 4-sided "tee-pee" trellis, like you see for pole beans; some are growing up a wooden lattice, and some are growing out of the top of some "topsy-turvys" and trailing along the top of the fence.

So far all of them are doing well and producing a lot of cucumbers.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:44 PM   #8
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I have never trellised cukes before, always just let them go on the ground, with no mulch. I planned to trellis this year to conserve space in my small garden. I am using what I think DH called rabbit wire(heavier than chicken wire and lighter than wire) fashioned into cages (like tomato cages).
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:21 AM   #9
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thanks for your responses, everyone.

somebunny, i know of the rabbit fencing of which you wrote. it comes in various rectangular measurements. 1x3, 2x3, 2x4, etc...

i used to use it to build my parrot cages, after framing them out with 2x4's like a large closet.

it worked for my african grey, but i quickly realized my cockatoo was smart enough to bend it back and forth to break the bars. the shop vac and a window mount fan paid with their lives, along with the latch on a tool box, christmas decorations, buttons or zippers on things, etc, etc,... lol.

getting back on topic: we went to homey depot today, but i'm not spending $16 for 2' x 5' of fancy trellis for cukes.

i'm now looking for rolls of 6' pig fencing, of which i can cut to make teepee trellises as well as heavy duty tomato and pepper cages.

thanks again.
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I'm trying 3 different methods this year, I'm growing some up a 4-sided "tee-pee" trellis, like you see for pole beans; some are growing up a wooden lattice, and some are growing out of the top of some "topsy-turvys" and trailing along the top of the fence.

So far all of them are doing well and producing a lot of cucumbers.
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