String Theory for Cucumbers
If you have plenty of space in your garden itís fine to let cucumbers sprawl on the ground. But in todayís small, often shaded yards, gardeners must make the most of every sunny foot of row. Thatís where trellising comes in.
A cucumber support need not be an elaborate structure. A simple but sturdy frame will do fine, with strings dangling from an overhead bar. Tie the bottom end of each string to a cuke plant in a loose knot, then wind the vine around the string as it grows. Train to one stem, by pruning out all side shoots up to 3í, then letting one fruit form at each leaf node. When the vine reaches the top, train it over the bar, then allow two stems to come down. Youíll get a huge harvest from just one row.
Use string that is at least 2-ply, so it wonít break. If itís untreated, you can put all the vines on the compost pile at summerís end, strings and all.