Last year I had a long row in the garden dedicated to cucumbers. I trained the vines to grow into each other and tried to keep them within their row (and not let them overtake the tomatoes).
This year I decided to experiment with the cucumbers and try growing some of them on trellises. The only thing I was worried about was that the cucumbers would become too heavy for the vine and break off. But since I love to experiment (and I had a bunch of seedlings to spare) I figured what the heck, let’s see what happens!
What a great success this has been for me. I am so happy with the way the vines have taken over the trellises and I’ve gotten a TON of cucumbers so far with more coming all the time.
There is much more room in my garden and the cucumbers haven’t taken over any other plants.
Next year, I plan to grow all of my cucumbers on trellises and I am also going to try this with squash. I can’t image all the room I will have!
Note: Not all cucumbers and squash are vine climbing types. You can also buy bush varieties, which will not climb a trellis. (Just in case you wanted to try this method.)