Make Your Own Veggies Using Cucumber Trellis
Cucumbers (cucumis sativus) have been used in households for many years and some people prefer growing their own fruits with the help of cucumber trellis. These are very helpful to ensure a successful harvest as the plant needs strong support.
Researchers assume that cucumbers originate in India and have then spread on the Mediterranean coast. Nowadays they are available in virtually every country and can be grown in colder climate zones as well. Their popularity among gardeners has constantly increased due to the fact that they are low calorie, refreshing, absolutely delicious and quench your thirst. There are about 40 types of cucumbers, and some varieties are more delicate than others. To make things easy, it is recommended to buy an existing plant from a professional gardening store and start off with that. If a cucumber trellis is not available or you don’t have space, the plant will still grow along the floor. Nevertheless, cucumbers can be very delicate plants which need a lot of attention, and some sort of support to lift them up from the ground is definitely advantageous. This is to avoid that pest and insects eat the fruit as well as to ensure that no pesticides or other poisonous agents come into touch with the edible part of the cucumber plant.
A trellis usually consists of a wooden frame and metal wires which the plant uses to climb. This construction should be able to handle storms and strong winds because its primary function is to provide shelter and safety. Although the plant climbs up naturally, it should be given additional support by tying it up and trimming when necessary. A good gardening store will have cucumber trellis on offer, but they can be pricy at times. Alternatively, you can make your own trellis which is not that difficult at all. The wooden frame is made easy by buying pieces of cedar board and screwing them together to build the mount. Once that is up and standing, drill holes into all sides of the frame and use strong cord to thread and pull through the holes, forming a grid. There are several manuals and instructions available online for a more detailed description, and by purchasing the material in a DIY shop and building it yourself, you will be able to get a cucumber trellis for half the price.
Whether you buy it or you build it, once the trellis is there it’s time to plant the cucumbers. They need nourished, warm and loose soil for best results and the earth should never be dry. It is also important to regularly loosen up the soil as dry or hard top soil will damage the plant. While the trellis will ensure that the actual fruit doesn’t touch any artificial fertiliser, it is still recommended to choose organic or natural manure which will aid the growth and strength. This is very important, and if no manure is available you may also use compost. A layer of mulch can be very useful to store warmth and to protect young buds.
Not only do cucumbers require good soil and a lot of attention, but they are also very sensitive to cold, salt, chalk and chlorine. Thus, watering should be done using lukewarm rainwater and if fertiliser is used, it must be free of all those things. Also very important is the location – choose a sunny and warm spot and avoid shady or unsheltered areas. Once the plant has reached the desired height, it is time for trimming. Again, this is a delicate procedure and should be done carefully.
Those who prefer trying it without cucumber trellis can purchase special gardening foil and build a little tunnel, similar to a tiny greenhouse. This is a good idea on the one hand because it provides excellent shelter, stores warmth and protects the plant from flying insects. On the other hand though, it does not protect the plant from snails, worms or other animals that may nibble on the cucumbers. At this point you cannot use pesticides as you will not only poison pest, but also the fruits.
Whether you choose growing the fruits with or without cucumber trellis, always be aware that it is a lot of work and much effort has to be put in to achieve a successful harvest.