[Market-farming] pruning cukes--pro and con

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Sat Jun 25 01:14:02 EDT 2011


Just like with tomatoes - i drop a string and use clips to hold the vine to
the string.  Once the vine reaches the purlin 8' off the ground, I let it
drop back down towards the ground.

Andy

On Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 12:17 AM, Thamnophis <thamnophis at gmail.com> wrote:

> How are you trellising in the tunnel Andy?
>
> Joe
>
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Richard,
> >
> > It really depends upon your space available, labor utilization and
> marketing
> > goals as to whether it is worthwhile. For your plain jane American cukes
> > like Marketmore, Straight 8 and General Lee It is a lot cheaper to grow
> > cukes in the field and sell the good ones while culling the rest.  For
> the
> > designer cukes with expensive seed the straight economics start to move
> > towards High Tunnel production.
> >
> > In my case, I don't have the space for extensive plantings, want early
> > cukes, prefer to keep my small crew busy  when it is too wet to work in
> the
> > field rather than sending them home, want to rotate crops in my high
> tunnels
> > all of which have led me to trellising and high tunnel production.  Last
> > year, I end up with very few culls with the trellised cukes (almost every
> > cuke is straight and uniformly colored) and picked several hundred pounds
> a
> > week from ~320 row ft. for 9-13 weeks. Additionally, after the third week
> of
> > picking no bending is required to get the cukes as they are well off the
> > ground.
> >
> > I grow the cukes from May thru at least Labor Day and sometimes go until
> the
> > 2nd week of September when the plants are pulled and the house is either
> put
> > into a cover crop or a round of late fall/early winter greens.  I start
> > harvesting before the end of June.  Last year I spent a little over $700
> on
> > labor for trellising and pruning and yielded several thousand pounds of
> > cucumbers from ~1,000 square feet of a high tunnel.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM, Richard Stewart <rstewart at zoomtown.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Andy
> >> Can you give us hard numbers?  Plant to pound production or row foot to
> >> pound production?
> >> I simply do row beds and mulch with straw.  I plant four to eight
> >> successive plantings and do zero maintenance other than harvest and cull
> >> dead plants.  I am curious if the return if worth the effort in your
> type of
> >> growing.
> >> Thanks for any additional details.
> >> Richard Stewart
> >> Carriage House Farm
> >> North Bend, Ohio
> >> An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855
> >> (513) 967-1106
> >> http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com
> >> rstewart at zoomtown.com
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