Saturday, May 28, 2016

Container Gardening: Cucumbers

This year we're experimenting with container gardening and I thought you might like to see how our cucumbers are doing ...

Here's a picture of the overall pot ... want to see what's underneath all those leaves?

baby cucumbers ...

more baby cucumbers ...

and yet, more baby cucumbers!

There are many more that are not shown.  We are so pleased with how the cucumbers are producing.

Here's what we did and are doing to get these results ...

We took a really large pot ...
filled the bottom with some rocks for drainage ...
filled the pot with garden soil and some of our homemade compost ...
planted straight eight heirloom seeds and as soon as they were up and growing, added a tomato cage to the pot ...
when the cucumbers started running we wound the vines in and around the tomato cage ...
water daily (container gardening requires more water than traditional gardening) ...
fertilize with a liquid fertilizer about every two weeks...

and you're looking at the results!

We expect to be harvesting cucumbers in the coming up week.

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  1. Love, love, love it!!! You will be enjoying cucumbers soon!!! Our plants are still small, but our Ohio weather just turned from frost warnings last week to 86 degrees this week!! I think our plants will really start growing faster now! Just got a nice rain too!

    1. gardenpat, our weather has been unusual this spring too,but I think warmer weather has finally arrived!

  2. We grow our main crops during our very mild winters here on the Fraser Coast Queensland Australia. It's been so very warm this Autumn, with daily temps up to the 30's Celsius. As a result our cucumbers have been decimated by cabbage white moth. Once the weather cools down properly I will have another go at growing cucumbers. Very envious of your success.

    1. Jane, this is our first year of giving container gardening a serious attempt and thus far we are pleased with the results. So sorry about the cabbage white moths, insects can surely ruin our gardens!

  3. Patsy, it has turned cool here so our cucumbers have finished for a while. Winter starts this week so it is brassica season now. Enjoy the warm weather!

    1. Nanna Chel, isn't it wonderful that we can grow different things with each season!

  4. Your cucumbers look awesome!! I just noticed I have some volunteer ( meaning I didn't plant them) pumpkin seedlings in my Rosemary pot. I think they came from the compost pile. Lol. I'll be transplanting them to a bigger space.

  5. I have been doing container gardening for a few years now as I live with my mom and only have access to small garden plots (she won't allow me to create any more). I use the pots to extend what I grow. I currently have spinach, beans, peppers, tomatoes, dill and catnip planted in pots this year.

    I don't think I've tried cucumbers yet, or if I did it was unsuccessful. I love your idea of using tomato cages to have them grow upwards. Thanks for the idea, Patsy!

  6. WOW on all those baby cucumbers. That is wonderful. I just got mine in this past week. Until this week, it was downright chilly here in Indiana.

    I do about half my garden in the ground (raised bed) and the rest in pots.
    Have a great week.

  7. Wow Patsy...they're going great guns. Nice work! Mimi xxx

  8. This year we decided to do container gardening in addition to the regular raised beds. We did tomatoes and squash in containers. Should be interesting to see how they do.


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