Seattle is full of inspiring gardeners, including Annette Cottrell who blogs at Sustainable Eats and co-authored with Joshua McNichols the Urban Farm Handbook: City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading and Preparing What You Eat This guide details a smart strategy for making the leap off the commercial food grid while still living in the city. 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. Bamboo trellis systems work well with beans, runners, and other strong climbers. These supports will easily handle the most fruit laden cucumber are easy to build and I expect will last a lifetime. Continue this process until you have a sturdy trellis that has the spacing you were hoping for. Most cucumber plants will eventually get powdery or downy mildew, especially on lower, older leaves.
There is a re-bar frame in the boxes on either side of my cucumber box (for tomatoes) so this year I strapped some chicken wire to the re-bar and will try growing the cucumbers on that. Once the cucumber vine starts to wrap its tendrils around the wire, you can stop helping it as it will continue to climb on its own. Step 4: Plant your cucumber or zucchini plants on the inside of the trellis, placing branches on the trellis as they grow to encourage the plant to climb the trellis.
A problem for gardeners growing melons on a trellis is that many melons slip” from the vine when ripe, and may fall to the ground prematurely. You should make sure that the area is well-drained because cucumbers can’t thrive if the area is constantly wet. Erect a support for the cucumber vines by installing a wire mesh fence, garden netting or trellis on posts. Some gardeners place trellises at an angle to absorb maximum sunlight, and so that fruit hangs freely from the lower side of the trellis for easier harvest. The trellis provides support to the ‘Trombetta’ vines and makes it easy for them to scramble down.
Bamboo stakes are incredibly useful around the garden, and trellis systems of all types can be made with a handful of stakes and twine. Where space allows, cucumbers can be grown in hills, and sprawl like summer squash, or planted along a trellis and trained vertically in smaller gardens. This video goes over the methods and materials I’ve found to get affordable, effective, fast and durable tomato cages, cucumber trellis and pepper weaves. I tucked a couple chairs behind the bean trellis and herbs for a quiet sitting area. Start at the first screw on the top of the trellis (doesn’t matter which side you start) and tie a knot in the line, just as you did for the horizontal lines.
I stapled panels of the welded wire mesh to my fence and grow beans and squash up it. I also use the mesh to make sturdy tomato cages and as a trellis/screen in containers (see the photo below). You can purchase ready made tomato stakes or cages at TSC or you can make your own. Incidentally, it’s best to sub-irrigate your raised beds whether you use a trellis or not. Since it is a prolific vine, an A-frame trellis or teepee will provide sturdy support. Continue tying the vines for every 6 to 8 inches of new growth until the cucumbers begin to twine around and grow up the trellis on their own. Attach the trellis to the supports with nails, staples, plastic locking ties, or lengths of wire.
You can make a metal trellis friendly to the tendril climber by wrapping twine around the metal supports and creating a twine grid in open spaces. Resistant vines can be tied loosely to the trellis with plant ties to get them started up the trellis. The ‘bush’ goes to 4′ and ‘short-vine’ types seem to go to about 6′ but produce much better than ones not on trellis. Now you will need to take some time to introduce” your cucumber vines to the trellis. So there are a lot of pictures available to give you new ideas on how to build and grow cucumbers on a trellis. I’ve grown beans, peas, butternut squash, and ‘Trombetta’ squash up the trellis.
This is another A-frame that I use in my garden, primarily to grow peas and cucumbers (it is pictured here in our old P-Patch plot).The trellis features two cedar 2×2 frames with 1/2″ hardware cloth panels. I planted marigolds in the shallow end of the slope of the trellis for bug control and spinach in the tall end. The trellis is just a simple frame made from recycled wood, with trellis netting attached to it. Here is a picture of my trellis netting before I put it up.
Many years ago I bought a 50-foot roll of 6” mesh, heavy concrete reinforcing wire from a local lumberyard, and over the years I have used it to make tomato cages, cucumber trellises, and tunnel tents for extending the growing season. Once finished, I simply laid it at the base of the cucumber plants, and leaned it up against the fencing behind the bed. If you are growing tomato plants, then you need to make yourself familiar with tomato suckers. The key here is to provide a trellis or fence large enough to support the weight of growing cucumber plants. When the warm soil is ready, you can make small furrows an inch deep into the beds and drop 3-4 seeds in each hole.
I plant about 4 cucumber plants per trellis (described below), which gives about a foot of growing space around each plant. Two 4′ x 5′ sections of hog panel in a A-Frame configuration with two stakes in the center to hold in place makes a sturdy, steady trellis for cucumbers, squash, melons, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. A teepee or A-frame trellis made with bamboo stakes and garden twine is sturdy enough to support the heavier weight of winter squash. You can read the post 5+ Terrific Tomato Trellis Ideas ” for a variety of vertical tomato growing options.
A new plastic coil is intended to be fastened to the top of a tall stake, allowing the tomato plant to grow up along the stake with its branches supported. Gardeners growing cucumbers in a container will find that it is not an easy task to build and attach a trellis to their cucumber containers. In case you wait, it will be difficult to train the vine onto the trellis without causing damage to the vine. Here’s my simple system for making a 3 or 4 legged tepee from bamboo stakes in around a minute for under a $1!
Fertilize the cucumber vines lightly every two or three weeks by foliar feeding, or use a diluted liquid organic fertilizer at the root zone when you water the plants. The trellis can also be used multiple times as it should last at least three to four seasons. For gardeners who want to make an excellent tomato support device, cement reinforcing mesh is the best material.
You can definitely grow a cucumber plant in a pot 24 inches or so wide You could try to place a tomato cage around the plant to help support it, but you don’t want to injure it now, so I’d say just let it grow! Weave string around the legs of the tepee to make a net or wrap chicken Wire around the tepee for climbing plants to attach themselves to if necessary. The upside to using bamboo tipis is that they give you more flexibility with what you want to plant.
The shade created by the trellis and vines can benefit the other plants growing underneath. You could easily grow baby greens between the rows of peas and plant cucumbers on the trellis when the peas finished up in June. Mulch cucumber seedlings lightly to conserve moisture and shade out weeds, adding more mulch as the vines grow. I’m going to put in several extra rows of peas next year and would like to try making a shorter version of this trellis, maybe about two feet tall.
Tendrils prefer to grab onto something organic and non-metallic, such as a twine trellis or wood lattice (hand-make one from tree branches and they will love it). A tent-shaped trellis saves space in the garden and raises the fruit off the ground, keeping it clean and fresh. Buy an inexpensive trellis at your local garden center and when the cucumber plants begin to vine, start training them to grow up the trellis. The final wooden pieces are primarily used to wind the twine at the bottom of the trellis. Before planting the cucumber seeds, you have to determine that the danger of frost has passed, as cucumbers are a subtropical plant and require relatively warm temperatures.