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    [QUOTE=TheCyclingProgrammer;1595422]Can I ask anyone here who has grown cucumbers in their square foot garden, how did you support these vertically?

    Iím growing them at one end of the 3x6 beds, one in each corner. My first thought was to simply mount some trellis to the end of the bed, or two posts on each side with some netting or trellis between them. When I search for ideas most people seem to have their trellis at an angle - why is this?

    Alternatively, Iím wondering if those foldaway bush tomato support frames might be any use? Wilko sell these:

    Wilko Tomato Support Cage at wilko.com

    Whatís the best option?

    Similarly for my cordon tomatoes, do I need anything more than a 6ft bamboo cane in the middle of each square and tying the tomato in as it grows or is there a better way of doing it?[/QUOTE

    I only grow bush varities of both toms and Q's.
    The Q's have a planter each and I shove a short cane in the middle for some support.
    Both are also outdoor varieties which mean the Q's tend to have thicker skins.
    I think the Wilko idea will work but you'd have to be careful of bushy toms and Q's blocking the light to other squares.
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    I think the Wilko idea will work but you'd have to be careful of bushy toms and Q's blocking the light to other squares.
    I was thinking the bamboo canes might be enough for the tomatoes as they are cordon tomatoes although as they come in packs of three I guess I could try one and see if it makes any difference.

    Both toms and cucumbers are going at the north east end of the bed so they should only shade the beds first thing in the morning hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_m View Post
    I might need another freezer ;-)
    That's a dangerous road to go down. I ended up with another THREE

    You've an impressive load though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvan View Post
    I might need another freezer ;-)
    That's a dangerous road to go down. I ended up with another THREE
    I hope I don't have to go that far - the porch isn't big enough for a third although I dare say I could clear some space in the outbuilding. I really ought to anyway, 2 years after moving in it's still a "dumping ground"

    You've an impressive load though
    Cheers. It might be an impressive list, although whether it turns out to be an impressive harvest or not remains to be seen
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    Fingers crossed for a good summer.
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    Well over the weekend, I added my cherry tomatoes to the beds (though I kept them in growbags). I transplanted my mangetout, aubergines, and sowed one square of carrots.

    I need to buy some more bell cloches to sow some more lettuce.
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    I have one square of carrots still to be sown - that'll happen either this coming week or the week after - more lettuces into existing squares on a fortnightly successional basis and my leeks, courgettes and squashes to plant out. The leeks need a bit longer in the rootrainers but the courgettes and squashes are "champing at the bit" to be let free so, since I have twice as many as I actually require (*) I shall plant half of them out in their squares in the next day or so and pot the other half on as insurance.

    (*) story of my life this year. many things I've sown more than required on the assumption that they won't all germinate or grow on so they've defied me by ALL doing so
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    ^^ Yes, mine have done that as well. May end up having to give away some plants
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