Earthbox Cucumbers indoors under Fluorescent lights

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Hi All,
 
  Here's my try at growing cucumbers in an earthbox under fluorescent shop lights.  Variety : Cucino.  Started seeds in the Aerogarden on 10/18.  Transplanted into the earthbox on 10/30.  Earthbox was set up using these instructions http://www.earthbox.com/consumer/instructions.html.  I used Miracle Grow potting mix, Espoma dolomite lime and earthbox fertilizer (standard, not organic).  Standard shop lights, 3 fixtures (6 bulbs) set 11" from the growing surface.
 

Earthbox cucs 29 days.  One cuc has a flower:

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Eight deer in your backyard?

Eight deer in your backyard? Those herds need a culling!

We have lots of trouble with deer in CT. They don't move well thru deep woods, but glory in edges, like every home, business, and road in the state. By logging out the big trees and leaving the brush so eminently munchable, your loggers left Deer Heaven. My town has some rangers to go out and thin the population every fall. I don't think they allow amateurs to hunt around here anymore - human population too thick. Perhaps you have some rangers lying around? Happy to hunt? Maybe even willing to share? 

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Hi Gisette,   The deer are

Hi Gisette,

  The deer are getting to be a big pain. They actually ate the landscape plants up against the garage.  The woods behind our development were "logged" last spring.  What I mean is that the big trees were taken for lumber but all the limbs and small trees were left in a mess.  That is why the deer are terrible this year.  There were 8 deer eating strawberry plants (not even a good tasting plant for deer!).  Harvesting deer sounds fine in abstract, but they don't fit under the faucet for cleaning like carrots .  Oh well, at least I didn't plant the new fig trees yet.

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Beth - great to know, thanks.

Beth - great to know, thanks. I may try some cucino in a GrowBox this summer, then...

Yeah, 20 cukes is well worth it!

I like the harvesting venison plan. Pity to lose the strawberries, though. Are there trap crops for deer? Maybe studded with metal traps to help along the venision harvest? No, I guess that would be mean...

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Hi All,   The cuc total so

Hi All,

  The cuc total so far is 16, but the plants are declining.  Maybe three more and that's it.  I'm thrilled to harvest cucs in January.  I'll count this grow as a great success - especially under regular fluorescent shop lights.  We'll see how motivated I am to replant with a full size cuc.

Gisette - the cucino cucs I grew in the earthbox outside last summer did really well.  Way too many cucs for two people to eat.  I gave away bags of them!  I planted 9 cucs in one box - way too many plants for a single box.  And the EB Peppers were spectacular!  We ate peppers on Thanksgiving.

I've got to report that the deer have eaten every single strawberry leaf out of the backyard garden pyramid.  Not sure the plants will bounce back.  Time to harvest some venison!

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Very interesting indeed, that

Very interesting indeed, that the cuke leaf browning looks the same, AG and EB.

Those cukes look delicious.

Did you grow cukes in the Earthbox outside this year? Was wondering what you thought of its performance outdoors cukewise. My growboxes seem to excel at tomatoes, do very well at peppers and spinach and lettuce (only with a fresh nutrient patch, tho), but absolutely dismal at green beans of all things (when have you ever had green beans fail to perform, right? but in the growbox, not a single bean!), and I'm not convinced on cukes and zukes. I thought maybe you were onto something with the soil being too wet thing.

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Hi All,   I'm overall pleased

Hi All,

  I'm overall pleased with this grow.  The plants look sad, but 15 cucs in the basement in Dec and Jan is a success in my book.  The next grow will be a full size cuc.  One plant.  I have a Rubbermaid self watering container that I may use instead of the bigger earthbox.  We'll see. Interesting that the eb plant shows the same leaf browning as the ag cuc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful! Glad they taste

Beautiful! Glad they taste good! A steady stream of cukes for winter would be so lovely!

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Hi Gisette,  I'd pick off the

Hi Gisette,

 I'd pick off the leaves, but it appears the cuc is doing fine on its own - I hate to mess with it.  Cuc #1 was eaten - yum.  Cuc #2 and #3 are being eaten tonite.  And here is a picture of cucs #6 and #7.

 

 

 

 

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Yay - congratulations!!! They

Yay - congratulations!!! They look great!

The plants look happy enough. Would pruning them help? Maybe picking a few leaves off (like maybe 1 in 5) on the parts of the vine that have done their fruiting? Might make more lightspace for the younger parts. Or not.

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Hi All,  I met my goal!  One

Hi All,

 I met my goal!  One cuc picked tonite and 4 more will be ready soon. Remember these are snack size cucs - 4".  Plants are not real happy.  Really need to do one plant in a container under lights.  But I don't care - cucs in December!

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