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Post  desertgirl on 4/19/2010, 7:03 pm

Has anyone caged cucumbers,squash,etc in a SFG? Pics please? (I am having a hard time envisioning this....).

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Post  lisaphoto on 4/19/2010, 7:29 pm

I've seen cages on peppers, but I don't know if cages would be tall enough for vines. Maybe you could grow them through the top, then wrap them around the outside of the cage. Just a thought

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 4/20/2010, 10:00 am

I've never caged anything but tomatoes and peppers, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'd use concrete reinforcing wire 5' tall, 5' long (which makes an 18" diameter cage), plant three or four plants on the inside and let her rip. You'd take up more than one square but would be growing more cukes than on a regular trellis.

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Post  nikkablue on 4/20/2010, 1:53 pm

I caged my cucmbers last year and trust me when I tell you that you are going to need a trellis. Vines outgrow cages fairly quickly especially cukes.


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Post  desertgirl on 4/20/2010, 6:16 pm

That makes sense. I wonder-could you cut them back? I like the idea of letting them grow out of the top and then winding them around the outside, couldn't I then keep them that length?Wouldn't that stimulate fruit production (like topping trees)?

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