Growing cukes in cages......anyone do it this way?

lizbeth_paJune 10, 2012

I'm trying this way of growing cukes for the first time this yr. I usually have pretty good luck w/ cukes excepting for last yr w/ all the rainstorms we had about everyday. This yr I'm hoping for better luck! A friend of mine grows hers in nice, big cuke cages! I'm trying it cuz I did raised gardens this yr and I didn't know where the cukes were going to go. I hate it when the cuke plants start attaching themselves to my other veg plants!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

I do it. I use 2 to 3 seeds, planted within the space enclosed by a tall rectangular cage. (The cages are labeled for use with tomatoes, but this is American ingenuity at work in the garden, right?)

And I have 2 to 3 such cages set side-by-side.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:31PM
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ltilton

That's how I grow them

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:55PM
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tesmith(6B)

I am not sure what your friends "cage" looks like.
Last year I had a great crop of cucumbers, letting them go flat on the ground (They were in a shallow raised bed they quickly outgrew.) Here was when they were just getting going

So this year I decided to Go upright and here is what I did

They seem off to a good start I have a couple of these set up, I am anxious to see how it compares to last year, doing the same total amount of plants!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:00PM
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tesmith(6B)

I guess what I did could be considered a cage

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:03PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

I wonder if cucumbers would do well in tomato cages. The ones which are worthless for growing tomatoes.

Any experience with this? Any guesses?

Jim

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:25PM
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ltilton

Get the tallest ones.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 3:01PM
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coralb(7)

I have always grown mine on CRW cages. Works fine for me (though it is all that I have ever done so perhaps I do not know any better). Saves space, easier to see and my back thanks me when it is time to pick them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Adventures in Agriburbia

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 4:14PM
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lizbeth_pa

Wow! Love the pics there, tesmith! Sounds like you have a lot of experience doing it that way. I bought some bamboo trellises that I have a feeling were meant for maybe a potted clementis or something like that. But they were so cheap where I bought them adn I got them at the end of the season. I got 2 sets of tall, arched bamboo rods. I just crisscrossed 2 and tied them tog. I may have to use some coated wiring instead of the strong string I wrapped around the bamboo cages. They were less than a couple of buck for each set of 2. Should have bought more!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 4:24PM
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Athenian(USDA 10B/Sunset 22)

I'm growing cucumbers in a homemade "EarthTainer" using a cage and I'm amazed at their productivity. They are just climbing and climbing with flowers everywhere. I harvested my first two cukes this morning -- 52 days after set out!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:02PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Like Tesmith I've used a trellis for cukes. Since I'll start pulling tomato plants in a couple weeks I think I'll use one of the cages and grow some cukes. Good idea!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:20PM
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fmart322(Z6SNJ)

I put a 36" wire fence around my garden thud year because of a young digging puppy. I have 8 groups of three growing along the fence. They are still small right now but I expect good returns.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:21PM
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tesmith(6B)

Funny hearing mention of tomato cages, I am using Tomato cages for my green peppers and my eggplant!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:07PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Like several others here, I grow my cukes on a trellis. Easy to pick & saves space, but you need to spend a fair amount of time training the vines.

The spray bottle is a soap spray I use on cucumber beetles.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:53AM
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defrost49

Beautiful garden, zeedman.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 6:53AM
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mandolls(4)

Zeedman - I cant believe how far ahead of me you are. I look at all of these gardens and think........Well I'm in WI so of course I'm behind, but so are you.
When did you start those puppies? Were they in low tunnels at first?

I put my cukes out later than I could have this year, about 2 weeks ago, but they are mostly just sitting there right now, 3-4 leaves per plant.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:09AM
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ltilton

Is that a photo from last year?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:57AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

I wish my garden looked like that now. The photo I posted above is from a previous year. My cukes are only a couple inches tall right now.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 1:48PM
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hejerry(9A)

Like tesmith, I grow cucumbers on a trellis which I highly recommend especially if you garden in raised beds. I built this trellis for cucumbers and planted three seeds under it. The photo below was taken on March 28, 2012.

The photo below, shot from the opposite side of the trellis, was taken eight weeks later after the cucumbers were in production.

We ate all the cucumbers we wanted this spring and gave away as many as we ate. I've grown cucumbers both sprawling on the ground and on a trellis and get far better results growing on a trellis. The trellis was made with 4' fence wire and 8 foot 2X4s with about 18" buried in the ground then attached to the sides of the bed with wood screws. The trellis takes up only about 18" at the end of the bed and the yield was terrific.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 4:41PM
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mandolls(4)

Ahh..Zeedman, thats reassuring.

Here is a pic of one of my cucumber arches from last year. Also had some morning glory on it.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 4:52PM
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