will my cuke plants produce cukes in plastic tubs? - Knowledgebase Question

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
Question by spkaren
May 9, 2009
Suzane,iam a apt gal,and growing tom. and cukes plants.now the leaves of the cukes are starting to go over the tub,will they climb if i put in a wire fence?or sm.trellis?asa young girl i remmber the cukes growing on the groun,not from a tub.and also how do i start a compost?is tea n coffeegrounds good for the plants?i am using top soil only and miracle grow as food.pls advise, spkaren@aol.com (TU!


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Answer from NGA
May 9, 2009

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If you put up a trellis, the cucumbers can be trained to climb upwards. It won't hurt them to hang over the side of the pot and trail on the ground, as long as you don't accidentally step on them. In small amounts, tea leaves and coffee grounds can be used for plants. The coffee grounds are a source of small amounts of nitrogens and they are organic matter so mixing it into the top few inches of soil is fine. Don't count on them to supply all the nutrients your plants will need over the growing season, though. Using Miracle Gro in amounts as recommended on the label is just fine for your veggies. Good luck with your plants!

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