Thursday, July 18, 2013

Update on Starting Cucumber Seeds Under Plastic

A few months ago we posted about Starting Cucumber Seeds Under Plastic. This was a two-fold experiment- starting the seeds under plastic (which we have done in the past in raised beds) and growing the cucumbers in a large pot.

So far, success. We ate our first cucumber July 13th and have had one every day since. There are lots of blossoms and cucumbers still coming.


We are very happy with how this has worked out and will try it again next year in more planters, as well as in the garden.

As a bonus, we really enjoy having the cucumbers so close to the house!

8 comments:

  1. How big the pot? Looks like you got one of those tomato cage inside the pot. It would be a great idea for us since we don't have a lot of room for a big garden. Thanks for the idea that I can use it next year. Hope your weather is good, it's too hot here and humid also.

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  2. Angela, It is about an 18" diameter pot, and you are right...it is a tomato cage on the pot that we made out of concrete reinforcement wire. Works our really well. Still hot here, but relief is on the way, or so we are told!
    ~ Nancy

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  3. Good luck! We grow our cucumbers in containers and this year got a major haul of kirby cucumbers.. it's pickle city in my fridge now!

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  4. Nice! One can never have too many pickles : ) We will certainly be doing more cucumbers in containers next year.

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  5. Why did you choose containers for your cucumbers this year, instead of planting in the garden? I am experimenting this year too. I planted my cucumbers amid the sunflowers. I read that the shade provided to the cucumbers by the sunflowers will be beneficial. It remains to be seen, as our plants are several weeks behind this year - due to weather. First too cold... not much rain overall... and then recently WAY too hot. lol.

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  6. We planted the cucumbers in the container as an experiment to see how well they would do. We really like having food as close to the house as possible and like the idea of containers on the deck. Also, since a lot of people can only grow in containers (because of lack of garden space) we wanted to share how this worked out.

    I love your idea of the cucumbers with the sunflowers. I hope that works out for you!

    Our weather has been crazy here as well!

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  7. They look like they are doing great!. last night I just planted 3 pickling cucumber transplants into the garden beds. My garden really gets too much hot TX sun, so I hope this fall planting does better. I have several large clay pots I ut cherry tomatoes in this year. They did well, but really dry out FAST in the heat and needed to be water every day, and sometimes 2x. Will try something else in them next spring... maybe even this fall. Haven't decided. have cucumbers in the crock right now, can't wait to do another batch

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  8. Emily, The cucumbers in the pot worked out well, but like your tomoates they dried out fast and I had to water often. Not enough to pickle, but plenty of sandwiches!
    ~ Nancy

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