Cucumber Trellis (pics)
A while back it was requested that I post some pics of my trellised cucumbers when ready, so here are a couple for your enjoyment.
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I am afraid that I forgot to document the variety planted, but I know that the cucumbers I seeded were either "Boston Pickling" or "Burpee Pickler" cucumbers.
The cucumber trellis is 46 feet long consisting of 3 - 16 feet long by 4 feet tall cattle panel fence sections, staked with t-posts (center section overlaps end sections 1 foot to minimize number of t-posts needed). Trellis is oriented north-south because I find this to be the most beneficial for production and overall plant health and vigor. Seeds were placed in a row along one side of the fence line. I dug a 4 to 5 inch deep v-trench and filled compost to recommended seed planting depth, placed seeds on the compost, and covered with existing soil. I neglected the plants a bit so they are not trained up the trellis as well as I prefer, but they will do. Plants are not doing too bad considering that deer browsed the tips of all the vines a couple of weeks ago. We are in near-drought conditions so I have been watering the plants every three or four days. Pollination is good but some blossom drop is occurring, probably due to heat stress. No spraying or dusting of any kind has been applied to these plants.
Cucumber on the vine:
Cucumbers on the vine:
We have been sneaking early cukes for a week or so now for fresh cucumber salad. Following is a pic of the first main harvest. I was a bit behind schedule so some in the crate are quite large. I gave this batch to a neighbor who cans dill spears so she was happy to take them - she will compost the ones that are too big for her needs. I will now be harvesting on a schedule to avoid cucumbers getting this large. Nice clean, straight cucumbers, minimal plant disease issues, and ease of harvesting are why I like to trellis cukes.
First Main Harvest: