Cucumbers and beans on same trellis?

sheree401January 29, 2010

I want to build a trellis with a roll of metal fencing we have laying around (much like what alot of you have done). Can I plant cucumbers on what side and bush beans on the other side? Or will it be too crowded?

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bsntech(5b)

Since both are warm weather crops, I think it will be a bit too crowded depending upon how close you plant the pole beans.

Cucumbers have very large leaves and need plenty of sunlight for them to produce the cucumbers.

Depending upon your training method for the cucumbers (vertical or horizontal), you could fill in the spots with pole beans.

I'm actually going to plant snap peas (cool-weather crop) and cucumbers together. By the time the cucumbers really get going, it will take over the peas which will have put on most of their crop by that point.

Here is a link that might be useful: BsnTech Gardening Blog

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 2:53PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Unless you are talking about some sort of big 5 foot tall arched trellis with things planted on separate sides then yes, they will be far too crowded. Would need much more info on the style, size, shape of the trellis you are talking about to be of more help. Other wise they need separate trellis.

Dave

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 3:15PM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

If you are in a humid part of Oregon, you would want a lot of air circulation around your cucumber vines.

In our hot, relatively dry climate, people sometimes plant cucumbers under trees for shade, or under corn. I cannot grow cucumbers here if they are not trellised. Summer Dance is the variety that works best for me. In cooler climates, I would go for the most disease-resistant variety of the type I like.

I once grew Trombocino squashes and cucuzzi gourd on the same fence with pole beans and they did O.K. - shade from the squashes allowed me to harvest a few beans (nornally pole beans don't produce in hot weather here). Don't know if it would work in Oregon - well, maybe in Eastern Oregon.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 4:17PM
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ribbit32004

I have beans and cucumbers on the same trellis, but the way I have it isn't how the OP is talking about, I think.

I have raised beds and can plant on both sides of the trellis. I plant cucumbers on both sides for a few sqare feet and then switch and plant beans on both sides for the rest of the box.

So, they're not interplanted, but they are on the same trellis.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 4:49PM
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anney(Georgia 8)

Sheree

I agree that you might have problems if you planted beans on one side and cukes on the other of a trellis, but why can't you plant beans on half the trellis, both sides, and cukes on the other half, both sides? They might have arguments in the middle :-) but I think you'd end up with the same space use. Like this:

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 4:55PM
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anney(Georgia 8)

You beat me to it!

Great minds and all that... :-)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 4:57PM
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ribbit32004

It's that GA blood runnin' through us.

The beans and cukes do tango in the middle, especially when they reach the top and get woven back down, but they seem to enjoy the dance.

I moved my trellis up in August in order to be able to plant on both sides of it. I have no idea why I didn't do it in the first place. I doubled my trellis space in 15 minutes.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 6:44PM
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sheree401

Ah hah! That is genious and now I feel like a moron for not thinking of that to begin with:) Thanks ribbit and anney.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 9:40PM
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ribbit32004

I didn't think of it either for the longest time. Here's how I did it:

Here is a link that might be useful: Doubling trellis space

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 7:40AM
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