That was it. I didn't have any trellises at the time I just used what I had. I did build a trellis this year for cukes after seeing what they could do last year. That was my first time with cukes. When I first put up the tom cage for the cukes I used a short leftover piece of a tomato stake for an end support. I had to replace it with a piece of copper pipe mid season cause the weight of the cukes snapped the stake.engineeredgarden wrote:gixxerific - I have 48 running feet of very strong trellis, and even grow pumpkins on them. However, i've always been afraid to let the cantaloupe grow with no support slings. Knee highs work great for them, so that's what I use. I'd love to see your various trellises....
That should work very well.sjohnson9206 wrote:This is the first time we've trellised cukes, but I have arched a cattle panel, 50" wide and 16' long, to grow the cukes over. I have 4 plants at each end of the panel and will train them up. The plan is to do the same with my melons.
I use a cattle panel for climbing plant support... At least for cukes and pole beans... 5' x 15' panels. Drive 3 or 4 steel fence posts into the ground, slap that panel up there and zip tie it in place... Nice and neat... The panels aren't all that expensive at your local farm supply (as long as you have a way to transport them) and over a number of years will pay for themselves. I like straight cukes and so do my customers... Nice for space saving also.sciencegal wrote:This should work then. I liberated a 5 foot by 30 inch section of cattle panel that was being used as a temporary gate. I figured it would make a perfect trellis but it seemed kind of tall. It's too cool yet to plant cucumbers and beans. I'm just in the dreaming stages.
I made a very small raised bed for the cucumbers, just 3 feet by 5 feet. After digging down only about 8 or ten inches I hauled off 25 gallons of rocks. Most of my garden in containers or very small raised beds.
Very nice Samantha!sjohnson9206 wrote:I took a picture this morning of the cuke arch..
I'll be doing the same thing for melons. I'm also starting some spinach inside and once that gets going I'll transplant under the arches through the cloth.