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Post  chocolatepop on 4/29/2010, 1:16 pm

Okee dokee, we are a family of 3, two adults and a growing toddler who eats as much as I do! She LOVES cukes, as does my husband and I will be sharing left overs with my parents and our family BFF.

I have 5 vine varieties and one bush, mostly for snacking/eating, others for pickling later. Question is, how many of each variety should I plant? I'm going to be building and preparing my box in the next few weeks.

I was thinking either a 1x6 and spliting 1x5 with a trellis, or a 2x6 and splitting 2x5 with a trellis. If I do the 1x6, that will give me 2 of each cuke, total of 10 vining and 2 bush, if I do the 2x6 that gives me 20 vining and 4 bush. OR, throw out other ideas! HELP.


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Post  chocolatepop on 4/29/2010, 1:27 pm

ugg i thought i entered it correctly. Evil cut and paste...

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 4/29/2010, 5:51 pm

Wow! I didn't even know there were that many cukes. Can't really advise you except to remind you that vining cukes are planted two per square. I've not had much success growing cukes on a trellis, but this wasn't in Mel's mix, so maybe it will make a difference. If you have room, perhaps two squares (four plants) of each? You can always pickle the extras if this is too much.

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Post  elliephant on 4/29/2010, 7:15 pm

Well, I can tell you that with two squares (4 plants) of a vining cucumber variety that are in their prime right now (planted from seed outdoors in Feb) I'm starting to average 1 cucumber per day. For the past couple of weeks it's been 2-3 cucumbers per week, but they are really taking off now. Plants seem to be doing well, actually, they've been the most trouble-free thing in my garden. I grow them on a netting trellis hung from pvc pipe over 24 inch rebar pounded into the ground. The box is also against a fence.
Here's a picture from last week. They have reached the top of the 6 foot trellis now and I'm tying them to the side a bit to get them going that way.


Don't really know if my yields are "normal", but maybe that'll give you some idea.

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Post  chocolatepop on 4/30/2010, 3:33 pm

thanks for the responses and ideas! I planted cukes last year but they didnt do so well. I hadnt planted them before and they were "sharing" a trellis with pole beans lesson learned. This year they will get their own box.

I have a 18"x5' box already built with trellis that was used last year for maters. This year it will either be for beans or cukes. I'm thinking cukes. This picture is from last year, and some things have changed but, I have room for an additional 5-7ft box (where the water hose is)


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The More the Better!

Post  jenjehle on 4/30/2010, 11:13 pm

Hi there!

I planted pickling cuks last year; the smaller ones with few seeds. We didn't pickle them, just ate them as is.



I can't remember how many I planted but maybe it was 4-6 plants. I have a family of 7 (2 adults, four growing boys and one little girl) and we had a great supply of cuks! But I have to say, we could have easily eaten more Smile We had enough but I just think you can't ever have too many. My kids love them and eat them constantly.

If I were you, I'd plant 3 or 4. And if it's not enough, plant more next year!

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Post  chocolatepop on 4/30/2010, 11:21 pm

thanks Jenny! so maybe just the smaller box? I would really like more than enough to cukes because we pickle. last year i had to purchase bushels to pickle because I didn't get ecen 100th of enough Sad

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