This is the first time I am trying to grow cucumbers in my greenhouse. I have grown them for the last few years in my cold frames but the last 2 years something would go in and eat them. I suspect it was a rat or squirrel. This year I am going to try winter squash in the cold frames as their tougher skins might not be as appealing to these elusive creatures, fingers crossed.
I grow all of my plants in Smart Pots in the greenhouse as the greenhouse floor is gravel and growing things in pots gives me more options. I love Smart Pots and the ones I am currently using are 6 years old and still working perfectly! I plan to grow the cucumbers up some sort of trellis that I will build this once they are larger. I selected 2 special greenhouse varieties from Territorial Seeds, specifically Excelsior and Picolino and I look forward to seeing how they perform. I am already impressed with Excelsior, as you can see from the picture there are 3 cucumbers in a very small space in the stem. I love Lemon cucumbers and although they are not a ‘greenhouse’ cucumber I am going to give them a try. I would welcome any advice on pollination of non-greenhouse cucumbers but I suspect I will need to hand pollinate the female cucumbers with the pollen from the male cucumbers much like you need to do in order to pollinate eggplant/aubergines.