", consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Your e-mails are a joy to receive in my inbox. Vine-variety cucumbers, Cucumis sativus, need a lot of space to spread out, so you can grow cucumbers with tomato cages to help keep the under control. OMG, you are all too funny tonight!! The past three camp-outs we have had brought copious amounts of rain. This whole string method is working out so well that I’m already planning what I can string train next year. If you’re planting seeds, plant 2 or 3 into each hole. Learn more... Cucumbers benefit from growing with a single main stem that is tied to a vertical stake, cane or string. The information was better than other sites; it didn't presuppose too much supporting knowledge. Could that be because my husband watered for me twice while I was gone and they got real dry. And then Idris will climb up the string. Cucumbers like it hot, so don't try to rush them into the garden too early in the season. Welcome to the World of Karen! Correct? I used your string method on squash. ~ karen! >:-(. They were just gorgeous! I loved that dill and so did the butterflies. Required fields are marked *. I’m with you, Lois! I am so desperate that I am thinking about trading a kidney for a bit of rain. I am so close to you and my neighbourhood has not seen a drop of rain for THREE MONTHS! I am quite interested in trying to string tomatoes; didn’t know it was a thing! I don’t square foot garden combined with the string method for cucumbers or tomatoes. Karen..How to tell between a male and female blossom??? I have seen people make slings out of net grape bags or potato bags…if the vine is growing on the fence it would be easy to make the squash a hammock. Nice job!! My husband said ” it’ll never work”. It’s worked beautifully. Place the vertical stake item between each bag or pot and extend it to the eaves of the greenhouse roof. They like to spread, so if you’re short on space, it’s best to train vines to grow up on a trellis. Oooo please share the Jason seeds when you find them!! Last Updated: February 10, 2020 Planting by the moon is basically based on the gravitational pull of water in the soil upwards, so it does make sense, but now that we have actual watering systems and hoses it isn’t that important. What the different between male and female flowers and when do I get rid of the males? Those are my excuses anyway. The string method will definitely not work on the pumpkins though. Who knows. :-(, *on top of that a ginormous 4-story apt. When the seedlings start to grow, thin out the weaker plants from each bunch, leaving one to climb the trellis. Tie twine halfway up one stake, stretch it to the next stake to keep it taut, and tie it. Keep up the good work! Since he never plants his garden until the moon is right and doesn’t appear to have any chemical burns I’m going to go with the first option. Good luck. I’ve been doing a sudo version of the string method in my cucumber/squash beds but with chicken wire. The boy flower is on a long stem with no fruit beneath the flower and it has a longer, thinner stamen. Congrats on another wonderful garden and thanks for the photos. Although cucumbers have a climbing habit, most varieties are better grown along the ground, particularly in areas with warm to hot summers. Do I trim them off? wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. My cat hates me. These are then trimmed after 5′ too. I enjoy your blogs!!! To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. Sigh. Cool didn’t know that. If the plants are relatively newly blooming it makes sense because a big flush of male flowers always appear first. They could fetch a fortune! Move your young plants to 25cm pots in late March if you have a heat greenhouse or late May if unheated. Or our watermelon. Only the suckers at the base, about 6 leaves from the ground, are pruned. Most men think they’re big dills. That’s right. I love dill so much, we used the tops in my daughters wedding bouquets that hung on the church pews in kraft paper wraps and a single fake monarch in each bouquet. 3. But I also did my cucumbers and the lovely loofah seeds you sent me that way too! Be sure to buy a dwarf variety in order … Do you have any good ideas to keep worms out of radishes and turnips. You give me so many wonderful ideas. On the left of this bed are squash, and on the right are cucumbers growing up strings. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Clipping the vines to it as they grow but having a harder time with the squash than the cucumbers. Even my dog loves rain water – it’s her yummy water. They support each other. 1. Wow-I knew you were a great gardener, but Big Macs AND Idris?! I string trained my cucumbers this year! As they go, I plan to train the cucumbers to climb – since they are a vine – up my fence for vertical growth. ~ karen! Idris on a vine, my heart is a flutter . ~ karen. I have small, raised gardens this year but have figured out the farm down the road has veg I can buy without ruining my nails! Never heard of such. I didn’t even know he was a he. Comments like that are great motivation. I would not have considered the manner in which it grows creating a space issue in a vegetable garden since I am not an aggressive gardener, but apparently, it’s a bit of a problem! wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. then really laughed over the shots of Idris!! Oh gosh! Please look for 3g (3rd generation) pruning (or cutting) online. An interesting thing the farmers did in Mexico was continue the wire straight across the post tops (so they run horizontally like real close-together telephone wires), and then the cucumbers or squash hung down from above, like cute little man-balls…and every morning we could walk beneath the vines in the shade and pluck whichever ones looked ready. That is your baby squash/cuke. When the fruit touches the soil, a white area forms at the point of contact that decreases its commercial value. One cuke plant in the middle should not be pruned so you always have adequate male flowers to pollinate. In India, we allow the primary stem to grow 3′-5′, then pinch the head off. Something slightly angled is best (so not completely vertical). A cucumber fence is fun and space saving way to grow cucumbers. All Rights Reserved. :). I really think you should be selling some of those heirloom Idris seeds! It’s been a really quiet, pleasant summer, lemme tell ya. People think I’m slightly dippy anyway – this may just confirm it for them! ~ karen! Like a hotdog and mustard. It worked like a charm. :) First myself, then everyone else, lol. I’m a first time gardener and first time reader here, and this may save me! My question: Did you raise your own dill? How to Grow Cucumbers Outdoors. ;). These are a bit affected but they keep living and growing. One thing I’ll say, for seeds, they’ve really grown! I will pay more attention to this from now on. The string doesn’t need to be secured into the ground by the plant? It’s genius really. I have 2 questions you might have answered but I don’t have time I read everyone’s conversations even thou want to. Pantyhoes , Stockings or tights are what you’re looking for. I plant 1 plant every 8″ or so for cucumbers, every 1′ for tomatoes for the string method. Cucumber is another crop that is easier to grow than you would think. I used organic potting soil and everything seems to be doing well. ~ karen! My Dad (the farmer) said the only thing that grows well during a drought were the weeds!!! I live in McMinnville, OR. I wish I could complain about a wet year. When they pop up you see a tiny baby version of whatever is growing at the base of the flower. BTW, why are cucumbers such rubbish climbers? wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. This is known as training the cucumbers. Indoor cucumbers will be ready sooner. Oh thank GOD I am alone in my office I can’t stop laughing! :-). I went to single stemming this year on my cucumbers, but I now have 3 10 ft tall lemon cucumber plants that are beautiful but are not putting on female blooms. The more cucumbers you pick, the more the plant will produce. This is true for all vines with male+female flowers. We are talking Idris here! When the cucumber vine makes it up to the top of the string, just pull it over and guide it down the string. What do the suckers that oh cut off look like? If you enjoy the taste of fresh cucumber, sow some seeds in spring for a summer-long supply. complex is being built less than 100 FEET from my door. Thanks! With the string method, disease like blight and wilt are less likely to take hold and kill a plant because the tomato plants are kept smaller, away from the soil and with a lot of air circulation between them. Training Your Cucumbers 1 Plant your cucumbers below the trellis. Position in full sun and protect from strong winds. For a moment there, my heart leapt at the notion of growing cakes on string. Sow them when the soil temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In what other avocation do innocent things like “side sprouts” get named for science-fiction monsters or parts of creepy sea creatures that have eight legs? Thanks for doing all the thinking and research for the rest of us. I was only just researching the topic myself when I wrote about it! They’re important. After the initial coaxing, the plant will easily start to work its way up and over the arch. ~ karen! The cucumber plants have grown several feet since May and have begun flowering, so our team has begun training the cucumbers … I have a doubly bad year because it took so long to plant everything after building the garden. You’re welcome Isabella! By pinching your plant, you help it to produce fruits. This is how I do it and why you should too. Kari, leave all the squash leaves on. Still bushy, so I’m obviously not pruning correctly. Cucumbers are one of the most popular summer veggies consumed all over the world.While this delicious, crispy, and juicy vegetable is technically a fruit (yes, it’s true), it’s still most often referred to as a vegetable. Well done! ~ karen! The girl flower is always on a shorter stem and you can actually see the squash or cucumber at the base of it. All great info, amusingly delivered. 2. ~ karen! They were also so beautiful. ~ karen! Thanks for the pickle recipes, also! I have one pot each for snow peas and sugar snap peas. I mainly just allow it to grow and reseed. pulled out ALL the raspberry canes last year, but one seems to have been transplanted into a pot with some daylillies. All I can say is thank you. Thanks for your help! Thanks for the awesome tip, it’s not too late to use it to salvage our cukes. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. oh God bless you with you Idris pics. A Female blossom, of course, has a lovely fattened bit at the end of the stem just below the flower. John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ will show you how he prunes his cucumber plants to grow them vertically up a trellis. Once the seedlings are up, thin them out and only keep the strongest ones. Only thing, I had to cut it in jar sized pieces and look inside the straw chambers to make sure I didn’t pickle some insects, also. Using tomato cages to train cucumbers for vertical growth gives the plants lots of breathing room, aids in the formation of perfectly straight fruits and helps keep pests and soil-borne diseases at bay. Is there hope for me and the potential herb/veggie garden of my dreams? ARGH. But now even more curious how to grow Squash, namely zucchini vertically. The long slender, seedless types. Suckers? The attached picture is of a zucchini plant, but it’s the same for cukes. just made my morning. Karen Bertelsen. Well that’s one good thing. They also spread like crazy. I say that with all the respect as someone who is a borderline total weirdo. Loved this post which I read first thing this morning. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. These small striped bugs carry disease that almost inevitably leads to cucumber wilt. They were tiny sprouts when I purchased them in but with the alternating heat and rain, they’re now about 2 feet high and some of the stalks are falling sideways. This article has been viewed 51,157 times. Hmm…. Just run hang a line of string from something towards the ground and as the cucumber plant grows, wind it firmly around the string. We prob won’t When starting indoors, put one seed in each section of a … Everything is right other the Idris part. We also had a really hot spell, 90s, but now the 70s which is average for here at this time. I live vicariously through your garden posts but this one got my attention in a big way! :) It’s a recurring thing. I’m between dill right now but hopefully I’ll be big enough for dill pickle season in a month. We had too little rain in the spring and now the opposite. You can gently wrap or weave the stems around the trellis, and the tendrils will grab on as they grow. So…even less sun. I feel like this post should have been titled “Where’s Idris?” because I’ve been all over it and still can’t find the picture….but hey….if there is such a thing as Idris seeds, I want some! But thanks for your highly education post, as ever, and I wouldn’t mind getting me some of those last couple of plants you pictured, as long as someone else tends them. As long as the vines have something strong to climb on, the pumpkins don’t need to be supported. And here’s my Favourite Kosher Dill recipe. ~ karen! Next you’ll be casually saying that cucumbers have eight legs. The decision equation: Idris vs cucumbers. 4. Place horizontal wires or string along the roof length. Always popping up. Avoid overcrowding the cucumber plants or your cucumber yield will be poor. I’ve used your recipe for years now and they are divine – I can’t live without them. Cucumbers might be easier to handle especially with your new cucumber wrangling system. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. Here is a scientist, who teaches organic farming to villagers explain the process. ~ karen! Worked great! Thanks for your wonderful witty posts Karen. Next year I’m going to do a whole row of them on my own to prove your point which is now my favorite way too. If you have not tried growing cucumbers on a fence yet, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. I use your same recipe for my sweet-pickled jalapeños and it works beautifully…I just slice them into rounds before pickling and that’s the only change. • Feed your cucumber plants with a high nitrogen feed every two weeks. Thank you. For cucumbers growing in a greenhouse: Place the vertical stake item between each bag or pot and extend it to the eaves of the greenhouse roof. You want rain….I’ll give you rain. Cheryl. Oops, sorry! Ooh! The only problem is that outdoor cucumbers tend to have much tougher skins than greenhouse varieties. Many varieties t… :) The centrepieces sound beautifullllll. . I did my tomatoes with the string this year, but they’re didn’t look like yours. Like a hotdog and mustard. He has no apparent pests, his cabbages are the size of a biker’s beer belly and his tomato plants are so tall I keep waiting for a coconut to fall from one of them. Ditto the Jason Momoa seed! Space the plants according to the instructions on the package. But the one place I think I may have him beat is my cucumber growing method. This article has been viewed 51,157 times. You want them to be moist, not wet, so little and often is best. LOL LOL. String training cucumbers is done exactly the same way it is with tomatoes. I have no berries this year. The secondary (sucker from primary) and tertiary (sucker from secondary) branches primarily bear female flowers. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. An easy way to save space in your garden is to train your vining vegetables up onto a trellis. Those hydro towers in the background might, but the string method doesn’t. If I can wrap a string around the stem, I’m hoisting it to the sky. My Great Uncle always used to “plant by the moon”. That’s really awesome but, I’m afraid nothing can beat Idris. Cucumbers on outdoor plants will be ready from midsummer to early autumn. ;) Glad to have read your chicken responded well to the aspirin. As the plants start to emerge, gently train the leaves to start growing up the trellis created by the cattle panel. A boy flower is the one that pollinates. Then we allow 2 to 3 secondary stems (suckers from primary stem) to branch out. Are you planting milkweed this year? Lord have mercy. Not an LOL. I never knew this – thank you for all the research you do and share. Tie horizontal wire or string along the top end of each stake. Place horizontal wires or string along the roof length. Dig in up to two bucketfuls of rotted organic matter, such as garden compost, and rake in 100g per square metre (3½oz per square yard) of general purpose fertiliser. Thanks Karen for let us know about the cucumber suckers. Does that help? Written by Karen. Either thwack the strings every day to shoot the pollen out, or hand pollinate from the male to the female flower. could be the answer to my unspoken question. String training can’t eliminate cucumber wilt but it can help temper it. The videos are in Hindi, and this is done to all plants with both male and female flowers on the same plant. The pictures were very. These same benefits apply to cucumbers as well. Berries grow on new canes and old canes die back every year. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. Can you please elaborate? Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely consider it. cuz, basically, raspberries will kill off anything else in the garden. So funny! I do grow my own dill. I’m new to your site. I have no interest in gardening. They support each other. I picked a few twice and now they seem to have slowed down already. Push 20-inch wooden stakes 6 inches or deeper into the ground next to your cucumber plot. Thanks for saying that Angie! Cucumbers are best grown vertically. Yes, I want to know, too. Top tips for growing cucumbers • Keep your cucumber plants well watered to help them establish and to increase yields. Actually the BSA Troop I work with are rain makers. Then the females follow. BTW, I completely agree with your dad – the weeds are thriving! These are pickling cucumbers by the way, in case you were thinking that string training stunts the growth of cucumbers. ::running away now:: I wish you would post a drawing that would illustrate it for me. Ours is probably about the same square footage but more of a sprawling mess. What are your thoughts? The grass is brown and crunchy a bit. I mean, really laugh. Your email address will not be published. Pinch out any suckers. Do this when your plants grow to 1–2 ft (0.30–0.61 m), then routinely prune them every 1-2 weeks. 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