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Friday, July 9, 2010

A New Look for the Cucumbers

This is my new cucumber trellis, which I made to be used multiple times for multiple plants.  It's actually two separate pieces wired together at the top, to make it easier to take down and store over the winter.  It's kind of tall for cucumbers, but I wanted to be able to use it for beans as well.

It's not very pretty, and doesn't have any rustic charm, but I only had get help with getting it installed.  And as long as it lasts longer than that damn dryer did, I'll be happy with it.

12 comments:

Miriam said...

That is a great trellis, and I'm going to make one just like it next year for my squash. For a pea trellis this year I went for "rustic charm" and used bamboo poles fastened at the top with a rubber gizmo from Lee Valley. Not such a good idea - the weight of the peas is causing the poles to bend enough to pop out of the rubber gizmo. Your trellis looks much sturdier.

Tamar@StarvingofftheLand said...

I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I think it's very pretty, with loads of rustic charm. I hope to see it loaded with cukes in the very near future.

Chris said...

Hi Paula, I haven't been here in awhile so I'm commenting on several of your posts. 1. Your trellis looks perfect to me and once it's covered in viney goodness that will be rustic charm aplenty! 2. Yes, I believe you were a little premature in the garlic harvesting dept. I usually don't harvest it till lots of the leaves are starting to yellow...usually not till towards the end of July. Garden and learn, right? Live and learn? Love and learn? Ok, enough of that! :)
3. You mentioned you have your dinner at 3:00 in the afternoon. You must both work from home? Nothing later on in the eve? Not even a snack? 4.Enjoy the cooler weather...we can put our underwear back on! :)

Paula said...

Miriam- thank you.

Tamar- thank you and so do I.

Chris- welcome back! thanks for the compliment, and Steve works from home, but I am currently 'between jobs'. Which is probably why I'm getting all this stuff done. When I go back to work, the hardest part will probably be having to wait until after quitting and commute time for dinner!

Toni aka irishlas said...

Nice trellis! Once it's covered with cukes, it'll have a charm all of its own.

Chris said...

Still curious though...as to why the very early dinner hour...is that for health reasons...giving your meal lots of time to digest before bedtime or just the most convenient time of day for you. Don't you love those folks that ask all these ridiculous questions? :)
Speaking of dinner...that rib dish sounds and looks WONDERFUL!

Rachael said...

Very nice! I just made a ridiculous trellis for my cucumbers out of PVC pipe. Functional, but not pretty. I'm going to keep your structure in mind for next year!

Paula said...

Sort of health reasons but more that it fits in with our schedules and when we're hungry. Steve works east coast hours, so he starts at 8:30 in the morning and is generally done by 2:30 to 3:30, depending on what happened during the day and what's going on. He has a first breakfast at around 5:00 a.m., and then we have breakfast together anywhere from say 9:00 to 10:00, and then we go until 3:00 p.m. I've tried feeding him during regular to late lunch hours, anywhere from noon to 1:30 or so, but if something's going on, I can't get him away from his desk. I've had to bring dinner to his desk on a couple of occasions, but generally eating at 3:00 works for us.

And yes, sometimes we have popcorn in the evening!

Paula said...

I meant that Steve starts at 5:30 in the AM- it's 8:30 east coast time....

Paula said...

Thanks Rachel!

Chris said...

Wow...early birds! Speaking of corn...can you grow it in your garden? Too cold here in western washington, so we don't always have good luck with the real summer veggies. I'm a flower farmer anyway! :)

Paula said...

Yes, we can grow corn.