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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 10, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Today I planted my Straight 9 and Asian Cucumbers OUTSIDE on the trellis.  This is an experiment. I took milk jugs cut out the bottom, poked two little holes near the bottom so I could put (coat hanger) hairpins through the holes and anchor the milk jugs in the dirt over the seed. Creating a greenhouse. I take the caps off the milk jugs during the day and put them on at night, to hold the heat in. If it doesn't work I do have more seed. Isn't gardening fun?LaughWink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 13, 2011 - 2:11 pm

I have two types of cucumbers. Asian and Straight Nine and both are doing great. I love growing them on a trellis. They stay clean and straight. Image EnlargerImage Enlarger

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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September 8, 2011 - 4:55 am

I planted a BUSH CUCUMBER in a pot this Spring and placed it in my raised veggie bed area. It doesn't look real healthy, I think I might have let it dry out a couple of times. Next year I will use MOISTURE CRYSTALS in the potting mix and add manure also. I did use ALOT of compost in the pot and worm castings, but I read that cucumbers are heavy feeders. Yesterday I put the pot on a caddy(platform with wheels) and moved it to the driveway. Now I will wheel it into the garage at night. Our evenings are getting VERY COOL here in Wisconsin and I don't want a frost to hit it. It is an experiment to see if I can get produce longer into the Fall season. If it works, I will do this with a tomato next year. I don't know if it will work Confusedbut time will tell.Smile

 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 17, 2011 - 12:09 pm

I picked three sad looking cucumbers yesterday...that's it for 2011. I will be pulling out the vines tomorrow. I am going to try something new this Fall. I will be planting annual rye grass in this area, as a cover crop. I  read it is suppose to add nutrients to the soil. Have any of you done this COVER CROP planting?Confused

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
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October 17, 2011 - 6:04 pm

I never have, but my dad always did on our mini farm growing up. I think he especially did this after harvesting corn, as corn would strip nitrogen from the soil (not quite sure, IF ONLY I LISTENED TO HIM MORE GROWING UPConfused). He always called it 'planting winter rye'

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 10, 2012 - 8:05 pm

A couple of days ago I started my cucumbers in cell 4 packs. I am trying a variety from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds called 'Telegraph Improved'. It is suppose to get 18", smooth, straight, dark-green. Tender, mild, superb flavor and very few seeds. Vigorous high yielding vines. I also planted 2 other varieties I had from last year, Japanese Soyu Burpless and Pickle Bush 'Pepino'. 

If they do not come good in the cell packs...YUP, I have more seed, to direct sow.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 17, 2012 - 5:40 am

All the cucumber seeds have germinated Smileand I gave them a drink of WORM TEA. I will transplant them into a pot after they get their first set of true leaves. I amended the soil where they will be planted in the veggie garden BUT I surely need to wait until it gets warmer here in Wisconsin before putting them in their permanent home.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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dlbraly
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April 17, 2012 - 7:32 am

Neat, I would like to learn how to save the seeds from them, so I dont have to buy the plants. 

This past Saturday I planted some cucumbers, from plants I bought.

Take Care, David | Wylie, Texas | Zone HOT (8)

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 21, 2012 - 9:25 pm

I had started 3 varieties of cucumbers around April 7. They now have their third & forth set of leaves. Yesterday I planted a few of them in large containers with trellis. Well, this morning two of the containers were DUG IN and THROWN AROUND.Yell I am thinking it was a nasty racoon. Yell Two of the cukes I replanted and one I had to toss out. Lucky I have a few extra pots of cucumbers. I now put 3 foot chicken wire around the pot. It will be alittle harder for them to get into the pot.  All my other veggies have chicken wire around and even over some of the areas. I know they can climb over, but so far they haven't bothered.ConfusedCry

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 24, 2012 - 9:42 pm

I was in the veggie garden until 8:45 p.m. tonight.  I planted my cucumber plants in the ground 8" from the peas. I covered the ground with straw, something I had not done before. I am hoping it keeps the soil more moist for a longer time.  One variety is Telegraph and the other is Japanese Soyo. Both are from the Baker's Creek Seeds.

I amended the soil with cotton seed meal, bone meal, kelp meal and a tiny bit of garden lime. I also added some compost that I just finished sifting and it had worms in it...you don't get that kind of compost in a bag from the store. WinkOf course I chicken wired the area. I even layed some chicken wire over the top, so the dare CRITTERS don't dig in the new fluffy soil.Yell

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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