How to Grow Cucumbers in a Cage

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Grow cucumbers inside a cage to save space in the vegetable garden.

Cucumber vines are prolific growers that reach lengths of up to 6 feet. This can be a problem in small gardens, because the vines may interfere with nearby plants. It's possible to train cucumber vines to grow vertically by placing a cage over the plants. This utilizes space more efficiently and makes it easier to harvest the cucumbers as they ripen.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • 5-10-10 fertilizer
  • Garden hoe
  • Plant cages
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Mulch
  • Plant ties
  • 5-5-5 water-soluble fertilizer
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    • 1

      Choose a growing site that has full sun exposure and excellent drainage.

    • 2

      Loosen the soil 8 to 10 inches deep with a tiller. Remove large rocks and clumps of vegetation.

    • 3

      Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer with the tilled soil, in the amount directed on the package.

    • 4

      Create hills of soil using a garden hoe. Leave a space of 3 feet between each hill.

    • 5

      Plant four cucumber seeds in each hill, at a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

    • 6

      Water until the hills of soil feel evenly moist, unless significant rainfall is anticipated.

    • 7

      Thin the seedlings, leaving only two plants per hill.

    • 8

      Broadcast 1 to 2 inches of mulch around the plants when they are 2 to 3 inches tall to conserve moisture and keep weeds from overtaking the young vines.

    • 9

      Place a plant cage over each hill in a position that will allow the cucumber vines to be in the center of the cage.

    • 10

      Attach the vines to the cage using plant ties as soon as the tendrils are long enough to reach. Avoid securing the tender vines so tightly that they are damaged.

    • 11

      Water the vines deeply when less than an inch of rain falls in a one-week period.

    • 12

      Fertilize the cucumber plants once every two weeks with 5-5-5 water-soluble fertilizer, in the amount instructed on the package.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wait until the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit before you sow cucumber seeds in the garden.

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