It is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words' and I think I remember more by seeing than reading. Pictures do seem to imprint on my brain more than words. Which is why I try to include pictures into my post so often. Even the simplest thing like a hole in a pot, you will remember easier. Which is why you will see a simple picture just like that in my post today.
So let's start with the hole in the pot, which I am using to plant my cucumber in. Cucumbers are quite susceptible to damping off or root rot. This is sometimes caused by the young delicate stem being too moist. In fact, in last year's post on cucumbers, I had one starting to wilt. I piled up compost around the base of the stem to encourage new roots, and hey presto, in a few weeks my plant had recovered. Which is why I have decided to plant in a pot, with the bottom cut out. I can then water mostly from the bottom, when the roots have grown down into the soil, keeping the compost around the top of the stem slightly drier. Well that's the theory.
I have buried the pot well down into the soil, the only thing that I should have done was to make a few holes in the side of the pot, which I will do with the melons that I will plant out later, using the same system.
I did get a slight scorch on the tip of a leaf after transplanting one cucumber. In fact, I thought that I was going to lose the plant, as it wilted slightly for a few days. So I kept it shaded and misted it with water a few times a day to keep it cool. Luckily, as you can see above, it seems to have recovered well.
If you remember in a previous post, something had eaten the stem of my cucumber, so I had to dump it. Well, what I had not told you, just in case it didn't work was that I potted the head of the plant, and kept it cool and out of the sun. I looked at it a few times, and I was going to dump it a couple of day's ago as it was not looking too healthy, and to be honest I didn't expect it to survive.
This is how it looks this morning, lovely and healthy, and fingers crossed I have saved the plant, well part of it.