All Things Gardening forum: Pickle cukes grown in containers... how to?

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Sandstone MN (Zone 3b)
May 23, 2016 12:58 AM CST
I bought some Pickle bush cukes and on the package it claims them as "space saving" and has a pot with a check mark on it.. I would really like to grow them in containers.. I have done this with cherry tomatoes but never cucumbers of any sort. Besides Putting a climbing or vine trellis by the plant.. anything else I should know, as this is the first time I am trying this with Pickling cukes?? I don't want to plant these Directly in the yard becuase there is not much space left and I want to be able to try to keep rabbits and deer from eating the plants.
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Name: Deb
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May 23, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Sound like you're on the right path with a compact plant. Are you planning to can your pickles? I have found it a bit problematic to have enough pickling cukes ripen at the same time to run a full load through my canner. It would, however, work well for making refrigerator pickles and you could try various recipes until you land on one you really like. I usually make a big load of dills in August, and this past year I made a couple pints of sliced sweet pickles that kept well in the frig without being processed.
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May 23, 2016 7:37 PM CST
If it's a bush-type plant, then it likely isn't going to climb on a trellis. If it's going to be in a spot where the rabbits and deer can access it, maybe you could put a cage made of wire fencing around your container.
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