Cucumber is one of the healthy food that is very rich in nutrients and you can eat it alone or together with your salad. Eating cucumber will also give hydration and help those who want to lose weight. Cucumber has been used as a medication in some countries in the world.
Having this plant in your garden will be very beneficial, not only for your health but also to make your garden looks beautiful. But, the problem is this plant requires lots of spaces. Planting them vertically will be the best solution since it will maximize the space and the harvest as well.
Step 1. Preparing the Trellis
To grow the cucumbers vertically, you need to prepare a sturdy trellis, to begin with. You can use a frame trellis that you can buy in the stores. This frame trellis is the best one since the shape encourages the cucumber to grow on the row.
But, you can make it yourself using PVC frame or bamboo stakes for about 5 or 6 feet tall. You just need to tie the top part of the PVC or bamboo together and stake the end part to the ground. Make another stake and place it a few feet away from the first one.
Add a PCV or bamboo horizontally on top of the stakes to make a frame. Secure them together with a nylon string for extra stability.
Step 2. Preparing the Planting Area
After you have set up the trellis for the cucumber, the next thing to do is to prepare the planting area. You need to prepare at least 8 inches deep soil to grow the cucumber. Add extra 1 inch to the top of the soil with compost mixture. You need to make sure the soil drains well and has enough moisture, you also need to make sure that the alkaline level of the soil is with a pH of 7.0.
Step 3. Planting the Cucumber Seeds
To plant the cucumber seeds, you need to very mindful of the space of the seeds. Since you use the trellis to plant the cucumber, you need to give at least 1-foot space for the seeds. Plant the seeds in 1 inch deep.
After that, you need to cover the soil using black plastic if you live in the cooler area to warm the seeds. Sow the seeds when the soil temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and add more mulch when the vines have grown to give more moisture to the soil.
Step 4. Training the Vines
The last work to do is to train the vines to climb the trellis. The vines of the cucumber will automatically climb the trellis once you guide them. To do it, you just need to attach the vines into the trellis and tie it gently using a soft cloth.
Make sure you don’t tie it too tight to allow the vines to grow. You can loosen or remove the tie after it has climbed the trellis, but you still need to monitor it since the vines of the cucumber are curly.