Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Succession Planting

Today I removed and replaced two of the Telegraph Improved cucumber vines even though the vines were still growing and producing fruit. It was obvious that the vines were beginning to slow down and were past their peak.

The remaining vine seems to be more vigorous, and hopefully it will keep going for several more weeks. I expect that the replacement plants will be producing fruit by late August, and again, hopefully, they will continue to do so until well after the first frost.

In the above photo the cover has been left off the Auto-Pot's float valve to better illustrate how these systems work. Gravity feeds the nutrients to the tray where the valve maintains the correct level. The system is very reliable, however, it is advisable to check the valves occasionally to make sure roots have not grown through the barrier on the bottom of the pot interfering with the valve's operation.

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