I can’t control my cucumbers! My little A-frame trellis, although a clever device, can’t contain them. I probably should have only planted them on one side of the trellis so they could grow up and then over the other side, but I was greedy. I wanted as many cucumbers as possible growing in my little garden so that I could maybe get enough to can some pickles. I also wanted to plant at least two different varieties so I could see which I liked better ~ not all cukes are created equal, and there are tons of varieties.
As it is, they now have nowhere to go once they reach the top of the trellis and will get too crowded if I allow them to grow over the other sides. They are also growing outward horizontally trying to take over the rest of my garden, and hanging out over the sides of my box with nothing to cling to. Don’t get me wrong… as I said, I want as many cucumbers as I can get, so it is a good thing that they are growing so well, but it also means I have to come up with something so they can continue to grow happily and healthily, and without taking over the rest of my tiny garden.
It’s been hella hot here and I hate the heat. But what did I do? I picked THE hottest day out of the bunch (102, which is not common here in Minnesota) and built a contraption to try and help my cukes along. I enlisted the assistance of my sis (my partner in crime and gardening adventures ;)) and together we came up with a temporary solution.
It’s interesting the way your mind sorts through things and the ideas that come up when trying to figure out something. Because it was so hot outside we wanted to find something that would be fairly quick and easy to do, but also something that would be a good solution and look semi nice.
So we popped into home depot and picked up a couple of wood lattices and tacked them to the sides of my garden box. Then we took some of the leftover wire that I had from building my trellis and draped it over the top and down the sides along the outsides of them…
The thought is, that now they can grow up through the top, spread out over, and go down along the outsides. They can also grab onto the insides of the lattice and then go through to the outsides and go up or down from there. Hopefully this will do the trick. I’m sure I’ll have to putz with them quite a bit to try and train them up in the way they should go so when they are old they will not depart from it. 😉 The little buggers really do have minds of their own.
A huge thanks to my sis for helping me with this. It was unbearably hot out there and she hates the heat even more than I do. Over the years she has taught me so many things and helped me with (and through) a lot, this is just one more thing to add to the list, but it is not taken for granted and is greatly appreciated. She’s the best big sis in the whole wide world! ♥
Here are just a couple of the gazillions of cucumbers that are growing on my vines…
In the subtitle of this post I also mentioned zukes and this is why. Found this bad boy hiding under one of my zucchini’s giant solar panel leaves…My arms aren’t long enough and I couldn’t zoom out far enough to even get the whole thing in this photo. So I laid in on the patio table, but you still can’t tell how big it is…When I brought it inside to show my mom she rocked it in her arms like a baby and kissed it! Haha! Guess who is making zucchini bread? THIS girl! 🙂
Aside from my crazy cukes and zukes, in other gardening news…
I was excited to see my first bell pepper developing! I didn’t even notice as I was snapping this shot that there was a little visitor there on the stalk next to it. That would have freaked me out! I can’t tell what it is, but hopefully he’s one of the good guys…~
On the blooming front…
~Gardening is my therapy~