Quick Cucumber Supports

by Ivory Soap

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The friend who’s garden I’ve fluttered over for the past week really only wanted me to go do one thing.  Support her baby cukes, living almost smack dab in the middle of her bed.   So, after some thought, this is what I came up with. (Please forgive the fuzzy pic, my silly camera kept going for the background.)


Two tall sturdy stakes, a bit of 4ft chicken wire, and eight zip ties.  Waa-laa!  (or Voila! for the humorless French police.)

Here’s the longer view…be sure to ram those stakes through your weed blanket.


Ain’t (or isn’t for the humorless English police) it just the most precious thing EVER?


But I were a GOOD friend, I suppose I would have just picked her up a pack of THESE. (Ha-ha!  I love horrendously expensive things that can be replaced with something that costs four dollars…)


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

rowena___. July 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

excellent, thank you! we just got some bamboo from a neighbor, now i know what kind of trellis to make. and just yesterday i found my first cucumber! i really can’t thank you enough for providing the plans for the square foot gardens, this year for the first time in my life i am finally successful at gardening and it is all because of you!

Betty July 3, 2009 at 5:16 am

I first learned about trellisig cucumbers a couple of years ago. I love it! The cucumbers take up less ground space, and it’s easier to keep critters off them. By the way, I really enjoy your blog and your adventures in farming in the suburbs. I live in the middle of a city with a veggie garden that provides us with about 60% of our produce. We’re working on improving that number. Oh, and our four chickens. I can relate to so many of your stories! And I love th recipes you share. I hadn’t realized all of the bug repelling properties of different essential oils. Thank you so much for all the great information you share!

Teri July 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Oh ya, squeeze a nickle ’til the beaver (or buffalo depending upon which side of the 49th parallel you’re on) cries out in pain. Totally my cup of tea (or coffee – note above reference to geographic location).
Thanks for the great idea, my cukes are starting to vine all over.

Sabrina July 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

oh, I just stumbled over the EXACT thing I needed today. woo-hoo! I’m SF gardening for the first time this year and inadvertently put cukes in the middle of my bed. oops. this solution s just the trick I was looking for…cheap and easy. 🙂 thanks!

btw, I’ve got my hubby sold on the homemade laundry detergent. He was a diehard Tide user for all the years he’s done laundry. Now, he’s got three people at work making their own! LOVE your site. 🙂

Ivory Soap July 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

As I said on another post…I’ve been out of town and then totally lazy, so I’m just getting to all these comments.

@Sabrina–How did it go? And converting the hubby’s is the hardest part. I *finally* got him on the deodorant. I don’t think I’ll ever find a toothpaste substitute that he’ll use, though. Tell me if you find one!

@Teri–I LOVE that. Talk latitude to me!

@Betty–OOOOooo, do you have a blog? Oh, I found it! I wanna pick your brain about the 60%.

@rowena–I LOVE that you love those plans. I about cried when I first saw them on your blog!!!

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