What Makes the Perfect Cucumber Trellis?
Developing a cucumber trellis is rather easy and it is one of the most recommended additions for garden designing in a stylish manner. Cucumber vines are fast growing and once they start twining around a support, they quickly cover it. This makes them ideal for a garden trellis. A garden trellis should be accompanied with a plant that doesn’t pose problems when being grown off the soil and is largely immune to common pests and plant diseases. Again, the cucumber vine is perfectly suited in this regard.
Some garden trellises use an extensive wiring system that can be cumbersome and expensive. This is not needed with a cucumber trellis since the developing vine doesn’t retain water. This reduces any extra load, negating the need for extra support sourced from extensive wire meshwork. The ideal cucumber trellis can be created from basic supplies such as chicken wire or poultry wire. This is the simplest supporting system for a trellis. It has wide gaps that allow the vines to branch-out and the developing cucumber to hang freely. Unlike meshes or latticework wires, a chicken wire doesn’t rust easily and you don’t need to paint it regularly.
Step 1 - Getting Started: Procuring Appropriate Supplies
Please note that many types of cucumber seedlings are available. Some need a consistent supply of water and some varieties need extra horizontal spacing. Such cucumber vines aren’t recommended for trellis. You need to procure the appropriate cucumber seedlings from a garden store. The slicing or pickling cucumber varieties are more suited for garden trellis.
When planning the positioning of trellis, ensure that it is away from smaller plants, particularly those that can be easily suffocated or need regular sunlight. This is because the cucumber vine is known for developing an overhang that can pose a problem for such plants. You need to purchase wooden stakes for a conventional garden trellis. Lumber that is 4 foot long and 2 foot wide is well suited for this project.
Step 2 - Installing Wooden Posts
You need to dig garden soil where the trellis has to be installed. Using a spade, dig holes that are spaced 3 feet away from each other and are at least 6 inches deep. Ensure that you collect all the dug-out garden soil in one area (for refilling). To make the digging easier, you can also rent a post-hole digger. Start setting one wooden post in each of the holes. Using the dug-out garden soil, refill the holes. Dampen the refilled soil with water. Tamp down upon the soil to secure the wooden posts.
Step 3 - Installing Chicken Wire
Prepare yourself by wearing gloves. Unfasten the chicken wire roll. Stretch the wire between the established posts. Using a hammer and nails, secure the wire upon each wooden post. When the wire has been stretched along all the posts, snip it with wire-cutter.
Step 4 - Installing Chicken Wire
Plant the cucumber seedlings around the base of each trellis post. When the vines emerge, ensure that you direct them upon the trellis. This can be easily done by tying small pieces of thread, extending from the tip of the vine to the post.