Totally tubular cucumber planting

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Totally tubular cucumber planting
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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 11:55am

Last year I made tomato cages out of construction wire.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 11:49am

I found a written transcript of the show online, but no photos. I'm not sure what the construction wire looks like, such as how large the holes are. I assume that the gardener bends it into a tube or can you buy it already welded into a tube? What is the diameter of the tube? It sounds like an interesting way to grow the cukes.

Last year I grew my cukes in what had been a tomato plot. I grow the indeterminate tomatoes on horizontal trellises that are about 4ft off the ground, instead of trying to stake them off the ground or contain them in cages (and having the foliage off the ground seems to help them to continue setting fruit later in the season). Anyway last year I grew the cukes there. As soon as they started vining I used lengths of green stretchy plastic plant tape to suspend the vine from the trellis. Eventually the vines got long enought to guide through the spaces in the trellis. The fruits hung down and were easy to see and pick, and best of all it was all away from the bugs! My biggest enemies are sow bugs and earwigs. With this method there is also room to companion plant if you want. I planted 6 plants at once and when they were all flowering it was beautiful.

I also grew pole beans with that method last year which worked pretty well, but not as well as the cukes. There was so much foliage on top of the trellis that eventually it became hard to find the beans. Also all the foliage wanted to grow towards the south so that end was a jumble.

In the past I have just grown "Spacemaster" cukes on a vertical trellis, the vines only get about 3-5 ft long so it works pretty well. Here too its all about keeping things away from the #$%&* bugs!!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 1:01pm

I wish I had the space to try that --- but DH has preempted my raised bed to grow more daylilies!

Sure hope you escape the squash borers this year --- I've not tried any cucurbits for two years since I got hit with them...

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 3:06pm
I'd love to see some photos too. Was it like chicken wire? Or something else?

Last year we put our cukes in front of a discarded chain link gate and they grew right up it.
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 4:45pm

The tubes were made just like mine, which I cut and bent myself. And which happen to be lying down right now anyway, in an unplanted bed.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 4:47pm
Chicken wire won't support much weight. But you can find something in the fencing materials that is like reinforcing wire.
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 7:16pm
Ah, I see! That is really neat. So you could do cucumbers or squash or anything like that?
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 7:57pm

Yep, anything that vines!

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 10:18am
Does the fruit naturally hang down inside the cage, or does one train it that way? I'm wondering if this might be a good way to keep the deer away from the fruit? Though if they eat all the leaves off the plant, the fruit would probably die too?
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 12:57pm

The one I saw on the TV show had fruit just naturally hanging.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 1:28pm

Hmmm --- you have persistant deer! Our

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