A popular garden vegetable is cucumber. Growing cucumbers provides an abundant supply to eat fresh and to make pickles. Cucumbers take up quite a bit of space in the garden, as they are vines that spread along the ground. By growing cucumbers in hanging baskets, whether it is a regular basket or in an upside down basket, frees up the garden area and provides an easy way to harvest the multitude of cucumbers easier.
Things You'll Need
- Cucumber seeds or seedling plants
- Hanging basket or upside down basket
- Potting soil
- Fertilizer type 20-20-20
- Ceiling hook
Consider the type of basket you plan to use. Baskets are available in a variety of styles. Plastic plant hangers, wire baskets, upside down planters or terra cotta planters are ideal. For typical hanging baskets, use seeds or seedling plants. If you plan to use an upside down container, use seedling plants only.
Fill the basket with potting soil and plant seeds to a depth of one to two inches. Plant seedling plants so that they are level with the soil.
Place the seedling plant into the hole at the bottom of an upside down planter. Have someone hold the planter while you add a small amount of soil. Spread the roots of the plant out to help the plant start growing easily. Fill the planter the rest of the way with soil.
Water either type of basket well. Hang the baskets from the rafters of a patio roof, carport or other structure. Additionally, hang baskets from fence posts so that the vines can rest along the fence railing. Make sure the plant will receive plenty of sun. Cucumbers need at least six hours of sunlight a day.
Soak plants each time you water. Cucumber plants produce larger cucumbers with a lot of water. Water again when the soil feels slightly dry. Although they produce large cucumbers with a lot of water, plants do not like an extended period of soggy soil.
Fertilize the baskets with a 20-20-20 mixture fertilizer suitable for vegetables. Mix one-quarter teaspoon to one gallon of water and water each basket accordingly.
Tips & Warnings
- Grow tomatoes, squash and peppers in containers as well.