Knowing that I would be cramming a ton of veggies and flowers into my raised garden beds of limited space, I placed the cucumbers next to the trellis so they could be trained to climb. So far, it’s working out beautifully. And I’ve also proven to a few old school home gardeners (more commonly referred to as my folks) that it is possible to grow cucumbers successfully as climbers.
A blog reader then brought up her dilemma in trying to find a way to keep the squash she was growing from being splayed all over the ground, concerned that a climbing trellis wouldn’t hold them up (I’m assuming…?).
Seeing as I’ve taken in so many wayward plants, I found myself overwhelmed with cucumbers (after I had already planted my own from seed) and really running out of space. I had only one raised garden box left to work with and two peppers, one squash, and three varieties of cucumbers still left to transplant. Then a tomato stake swooped in and saved the day, as well as all those aforementioned veggies.
What we ended up using was a three-sided cage and tipped it over. It gives all the cucumbers and the squash plant some extra room to grow without being ground-bound.
Both sides of the toppled trellis are providing additional climbing space by adding about 6-8 inches of growing space from the dirt. This also helps to keep the cucumbers from getting too entangled with the squash or the peppers.
(Besides the toppled trellis, other options I considered using were an old wooden ladder from Elle’s deconstructed swingset and a fireplace screen no longer in use. I’m all about recycling/upcycling but I will never feature a toilet flower pot in my front yard. THIS. It’s not okay!)