cucumber (pickle plants) and gourds

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by IslandGirl, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. IslandGirl

    IslandGirl Member

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    This year I planted my cucumber (pickle plants) in an area of my garden
    where I also planted a few hills of "mixed gourds." My husband is concerned
    that the gourds are taking over and will affect the crop of pickles. Since
    the gourd plants rise above some of the pickle vines, he thinks the pickles
    won't get enough sun. Should I pull / cut back some of the gourd vines, or
    should the pickles do just fine????? So far they appear to be doing fine,
    lots of flowers and real tiny fruit. The past two years I have also had a
    problem with powdery mildew, so the plants died out prematurely. I'm hoping
    that changing their location in the garden as well as growing them with the
    gourds might help.

    I'd appreciate your feedback, as I truly love eating fresh pickles from the
    garden, as they are so sweet and tender (even more so then regular slicing

    Thanks for any advice you can provide
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Two things:

    1) Cucumbers love sun. Shading them out is likely to reduce the crop.

    2) Cucumbers love water (if applied below the leaves, i.e., at ground level). Planting them with another competitor for water is also likely to reduce the crop. This can be worked around, of course, by being diligent with watering. The sun requirements, though - likely not.
  3. Durgan

    Durgan Contributor 10 Years

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    Brantford,Ontario, Canada
    I contain my cuccumber bed by putting two 8 foot re-inforcing mesh about 2.5b feet apart. The cuccumbers climb up the four foot high 6 inch mesh with a little training, otherwise they will sprawl all over the garden. Have a look.

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