Growing various garden crops on the glazed balconies of apartment buildings is becoming more and more popular every year. This allows not only to decorate the loggia, but also practically all year round to get a good harvest of environmentally friendly self-grown fruits and vegetables. Let's talk more about the technology of growing cucumbers in five-liter plastic bottles.
- Benefits of this technology
- Preparing the mini greenhouse
- Selecting the soil used
- Towing the cucumber seeds
- Crop care
- Growing cucumbers in bottles - ideas for the garden
- Video on How to grow cucumbers in large bottles
The advantages of this technology
The main advantage of growing cucumbers in five-liter bottles is the simplicity of this technology. You can get an improvised bed on a glazed warm balcony as well as on an apartment window sill. It is worth noting the cheapness of the material used, both glass and plastic bottles-bottles are excellent.
The advantagesof planting cucumbers in plastic five-liter bottles include the following:
- great yields;
- saving space;
- good sunlight for plants;
- easy transfer of plants to greenhouse and beds;
- easy watering;
- easy maintenance;
- solving weed problems.
Most gardeners choose plastic bottles for this cucumber growing technique that can be easily cut open to make a miniature bed on the balcony or windowsill. You can also use other containers such as wooden tubs or small plastic barrels of 30-50 liters.
Preparing the Mini Greenhouse
The gardener first has to prepare the planting containers used. Five-liter bottles are cut crosswise or lengthwise to produce a tray that remotely resembles a boat. Next, small holes are made in the bottom of the bottle with a red-hot nail or blowtorch, which will allow excess water to drain away. Fertile pre-moistened soil is poured into the prepared container.
An interesting option is to cut the bottles crosswise, separating from the top one third of the height of the tank. This will produce a tray with a convenient removable lid, which solves problems with possible odor from the ground. You can also use smaller plastic bottles, but only a few seeds are planted in this container and one strongest sprout is left after thinning.
Choice of soil to use
The best way to grow cucumbers in five-liter bottles is to use purchased soil designed for vegetables and fruits. The soil already prepared will contain balanced mineral and vitamin elements.
It is also possible to make such a nutritious soil mixture yourself, which allows the gardener to reduce the costs somewhat.
To make soil yourself, one part each of turf soil and humus will be required. A small amount of sand and birch ash are added to the resulting mixture. To improve the performance of the crop, shredded eggshells or a small amount of sawdust are added to the soil prepared by yourself. Quality soil should be sure to be loose, allowing excellent ventilation of the plants' root system.
Planting cucumber seeds
Before planting, place the seeds in a container of water, then remove any empty floating seeds.
It is also possible to give them an additional treatment in growth stimulants, which will greatly improve subsequent yields. It is not unreasonable to pre-germinate the seeds in a cotton cloth.
The timing of planting the seeds in the plastic container will depend on whether the gardener is going to transplant the plants to greenhouses and open ground or is planning to grow cucumbers exclusively on a glazed balcony or in the home. Preference should be given to self-pollinated species, which allows a good harvest without worrying about the presence of pollinating insects.
Cucumber planting care
Cucumber growing in five-liter plastic jars is not very difficult. These containers can easily be placed on a balcony or you can arrange special constructions that simultaneously provide support for the upward growing cucumber vine.
The plants should be watered on a regular basis, ideally cucumbers should be watered every two days, while not allowing excessive soil moisture, since this can lead to fungal diseases. Cucumbers planted in plastic jars should be given nutrition in a light solution of organic compounds or in mineral formulation suitable for this crop. During the fruiting period, plants need phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. If the allowable fertilizer rates are maintained, the yields will improve while keeping the grown cucumbers environmentally friendly.
Cucumber cultivation at home may be complicated by spider mites that damage plants, weakening them significantly and reducing the yields. The appearance of this pest can be detected by yellowing leaves, and the cucumber vine should be sprayed with garlic tincture to control the spider mite.
Harvesting in this home cultivation should be done every 2-3 days to prevent the plants from weakening with ripening fruit. If desired, the gardener can transplant the plants grown in plastic bottles to the open ground or to a greenhouse, allowing the garden to produce an excellent crop of cucumbers, making it easier to take care of the plantings.
Bottle-grown cucumber plants - ideas for the vegetable garden
Cucumber seedlings grown in plastic bottles can also be transferred to the vegetable garden - greenhouse or open ground. It is very convenient that the young plants can be moved directly with the bottle. You will get a mini-hothouse, which will ensure accelerated growth of cucumbers even at low temperatures. This will allow the greens to ripen faster even in harsh climatic conditions. And if it is an early variety, the first harvest will be possible in June.
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