This year, we’re growing cucumbers in a pot.
And we’re getting more fruit than we’ve ever had before – as you can see from the photo below, the plants are covered in flowers…
On a whim, we planted four seedlings into the old self-watering pot that we’d used to grow our indoor tomatoes a couple of years ago. We’ve learned the hard way over previous years that the most important thing with cucumbers is sufficient water – without it, the fruit is often bitter, and the plant doesn’t produce a good crop.
The pot was positioned on the driveway and a plastic trellis erected against the fence. The plants are growing in a mixture of old potting mix enriched with cow manure. The fertiliser might not have been necessary if we’d used new potting mix, but it seemed a shame to waste what we already had.
The plants are kept well hydrated throughout the day via the self-watering pot, which needs refilling at least twice a day (cucumbers need a lot of water!). As there isn’t a lot of soil, we also give them a feed of worm juice and fish emulsion every couple of weeks or so.
We’ve been rewarded with a bumper crop of sweet, crunchy Lebanese cucumbers! We’ve already harvested dozens of them, with oodles of new ones popping up every day…
Even if you don’t have garden beds, it’s definitely worth trying to grow cucumbers in pots!