One barrel yields the same crop as a single bed. But the labor costs are several times less. Well, the barrel takes 10, and even 15 times less than a standard greenhouse or bed
Cultivation of cucumbers in a barrel has long been practiced by gardeners in China. In Russia, this method was learned relatively recently. And it is not as widespread as in the Land of the setting sun. This method has a number of advantages:
- care for planting cucumbers in this case requires little effort and time; barrels can be placed in any vacant places on the plot, they occupy a small space; to collect cucumbers conveniently, thus they are not spoiled as on a bed, and remain clean; the barrel looks quite impressive due to the wattle cucumber seedling, which hangs almost to the ground and masks the barrel.
Features of cultivation of cucumbers in a barrel
Preparation of cucumber tanks should start in the early spring, after the snow has melted. It is necessary to take empty barrels. Well, if they are made of high-quality metal
As a filler, vegetable food waste is used (note that they should not contain residues of fish, meat or products that have undergone heat treatment) and grass from last year. All this must be alternated with layers of earth
You can also use manure instead. To improve the filler, it is possible to lay out preparations with a high content of effective microorganisms on all layers. This will rid of harmful bacteria and activate fermentation of waste. After the filler is ready, hot water is poured into the barrel and covered with a film. In this state the barrel should be a week
After 7 days, the filler will settle about halfway. Therefore, it is necessary to add manure and plant waste to the barrel. All these procedures are done in April or early May
After the 10th of May, you can start sowing cucumbers. For this, about 10 cm of soil is poured onto the mixture of manure and waste. In this layer and planted seeds of cucumbers. For 1 barrel, 6-8 seeds are sufficient. Before planting it is recommended to pour very hot water into the barrel, and then pour it all with a weak solution of manganic acid
When planting cucumbers in a barrel to germinate, seeds are not necessary. For germination, you just need to provide them with heat. After sowing, cover the barrel with a cellophane film (preferably if it is opaque, for example black), so that the sun’s rays as warmly as possible warm up the planting
Seeds will grow faster if they create a good microclimate. For this purpose, approximately in the middle of the barrel can be placed a container filled with water. When the moisture is evaporated, the water is regularly poured. After the seeds ascend and they have at least 3 leaves, you can make a frame of metal arcs. After the bushes grow on these arcs they can curl, creating an excellent view
During the growth of cucumbers, the earth in the barrel sags. By the second decade of June, when the threat of nocturnal frosts disappears, the film can be removed. At this time, the land should remain about ¾ barrels. After this, the cucumber strings will overgrow the edge of the barrel. In this case, the ovaries with fruits will be outside the improvised bed
Weeding the weeds and pinching the cucumbers is not required. The most important thing is to provide abundant watering on a regular basis. Sometimes, along with ordinary water during watering, you can use mullein infusion
Cucumbers, planted in a barrel with seeds, begin to mature much earlier than the seedlings, which are planted in the open ground. If you want to shoot ripe fresh cucumbers as early as possible, then choose varieties Muromsky, Othello, Connie and other hybrids, and early ripening varieties.
Growing cucumbers in a barrel