Cucumber Trellis Distance

SprigOfTheLivingDead

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Hey everyone, looking for an opinion on spacing of trellis / support wires for cucumbers.

I have a 16 foot section of garden that I'm going to add cucumbers to. I was sinking 4x4 posts into the ground roughly every 5' which I was planning on connecting to each other with just horizontal wires. I was planning of doing little eye loops with a turnbuckle and wire. I had initially planned on spacing these every 6", but was second guessing myself on that since I wasn't planning on doing vertical lines.

So, if I stick with only horizontal is 6" small enough or should I go 4 or 5"? Alternatively, should I stick at 6" but tie some vertical poly rope to just help the cucumbers out?

Please share your thoughts.
 

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Please share your thoughts.
Well, since you put it so politely, Sprig' :).

I don't grow cukes on a trellis but my old gardening neighbor did. He had nice cukes with cattle panels.

I checked : 4" by 8" grid.

Now you need someone who also trellises to comment.

Steve
 

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Well, since you put it so politely, Sprig' :).

I don't grow cukes on a trellis but my old gardening neighbor did. He had nice cukes with cattle panels.

I checked : 4" by 8" grid.

Now you need someone who also trellises to comment.

Steve
Thanks! I also grow them on a fence, which does well, but that is fully trellised, so I never really asked the question of "how far can I have my horizontal sticks/wires spaced?"
 

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I think 6" would be sufficient. I have had cuke vines reach up and over about a foot to grab on to something I thought was safe from them.
I would think you could always string some twine after the fact, if you see that they aren't figuring it out for some reason.
I just put my cukes in tomato cages this year. We'll see how that goes.
 

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