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Cucumbers are Doing Great in Our Deck Planter

July 25, 2017

Our pickle cucumbers are giving us a bumper harvest growing on the leaning trellis in our self-watering deck planter.  We have 6 of these self-watering planters which hold about 4 gallons of water and are on rollers so they can be easily moved.  During spring and fall we fill the water reservoir twice a week even if we are getting regular rain.  During the summer when the veggies are mature and the weather is hot, we fill the reservoir every other day.  (Here is a link to more info on the planters we are using.)  (Here is a link to more info on the trellis we are using.)

cucumber deck planters

We planted cucumber seeds on June 2 after harvesting the last of our spring lettuce.

cucumbers deck planters

This picture was taken about 6 weeks after planting. We pick cucumbers every day!

This year after the last of our spring harvest from our deck planters (kale, spinach, various kinds of lettuce) we planted our summer veggies.  One planter has 3 – Padron Pepper plants, one has 3 – Carmen Sweet Pepper plants, one has carrots and beets, one has Adam Pickler Cucumbers, and the last two have Bush Green Beans planted a month apart.  Around mid-September we will plant the planters with lettuce, kale and spinach.

The soil is Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. We have found it is best to start with fresh soil each year and clean the roots out of the water reservoir. We also added some fresh soil to the top 4 inches when we planted our summer veggies.  We fed the plants with Osmocote Plant Food when we planted them.

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