Growing cucumbers in trenches is a very simple modern technique that allows you to get an excellent harvest. At the same time, the likelihood of disease and damage by pests is significantly reduced. We will tell you how to plant a crop in three stages, and collect up to 25 cucumbers from one bush.
Sowing seeds in boxes
We begin the process by sowing seeds for growing seedlings. To do this, we prepare boxes, on the bottom of which we pour a layer of sand. Then add a mixture of garden soil and humus, taking them in equal amounts. Fill boxes halfway.
We deepen the seeds into the soil by 1-2 cm. Leave the distance between them 3-4 cm. Cover the container with glass from above, put it in a warm place for 3-4 days. As soon as the first sprouts appear, we remove the glass, and put the boxes on the window, in a well-lit place.
Periodically pour the earth as the plants grow, until the containers are completely filled. Due to the increase in soil, the root system will grow more and more, new root processes will appear. This will allow the cucumbers to eat better, resulting in stronger seedlings.
Transplanting cucumbers into pots
As soon as 1-2 leaves appear on the seedlings, we proceed to transplanting cucumbers into separate pots. To do this, we extract the culture along with the soil clod and place it in a prepared container.
We fall asleep with soil, but again not completely. As the plants grow, pour the earth until the pot is completely filled. At this stage, the root system will develop even better.
We plant cucumbers in trenches in open ground
The last stage is planting cucumbers in a permanent place, in trenches. First of all, we prepare the trench itself. The length depends on the number of plants to be planted, and the width should be 1 meter. Digging depth – on a full spade bayonet.
We fill the bottom of the trenches with 5-7 cm of humus. It is important to let the soil warm up before planting cucumbers, for this we leave it for 7 days, and after the expiration of the period we proceed to planting.
We take out the plants from the pots along with the earthy clod and lower them into the pit. Next, sprinkle them with soil, after mixing it with 30-40 gr. superphosphate per bush.
We plant cucumbers so that on 4 sq. m. trench was no more than 20 bushes. We mulch the soil with straw, or grass after mowing by 10 cm, then sprinkle it with earth again. Such a layer is necessary for warming and providing cucumbers with nutrients.
In the trench, the root system will finally develop and get stronger, acquiring new roots for better nutrition. Further, as usual, we take care of cucumbers, water, loosen the ground, and remove unnecessary grass.
We also recommend installing a trellis mesh along the entire length of the trench. This will greatly facilitate the tying and distribution of bushes, and then, and harvesting.
It would seem that nothing special needs to be done, everything is very accessible and simple. But only thanks to the method of growing cucumbers in trenches, we were able to collect up to 100 units of crop per 1 sq. m.