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My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 7:59pm On Mar 28
So, I've decided on adding Cucumber to my farming activities this year, 2021.
It's been years since I last grew Cucumber (6/7 years ago), and even then, I did it at a small scale (garden) level for personal consumption and limited sales.
This year, I want to try something special, and I'll be starting with a Pilot Phase, to test run some of my ideas, and train some of my farmers.

This is what I've done so far.

Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 8:07pm On Mar 28
I bought a Sachet of Cucumber Seeds @ Agric Office, Agbor, Delta.
It cost me exactly #700 for this sachet.

Cucumber Variety: Market More

Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 8:16pm On Mar 28
LAND PREPARATION

I did all farm work myself (ably aided by my Muse smiley ). So, I have zero labour cost.
Used left over bamboo from Yam farm of the previous year.
Bought Polythene bags at Onitsha Main Market @ #1200 for 100pcs.

Cleared my small site on the 25th of March (Day).
Completed bamboo trellis on the 26th of March. Started the previous night.
Filled bags with a mixture of Loamy soil and ash, same day 26th (Evening).

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Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Barbsamiin: 8:31pm On Mar 28
jst wow
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 10:39pm On Mar 28
I chose to farm in polythene bags to better manage my limited water resources (Rainfall is currently unreliable).
For this Pilot phase I, I'm using 30 bags.
I left room for expansion into a Pilot phase II.

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Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 10:49pm On Mar 28
PLANTING - 27/03-2021

Sowed my seeds on the 27th of March.
Two seeds per hole. Two seeded holes per bags. 30 bags. Expecting a total of 60 plant stands.
I watered before planting. And watered again at night.

So far, watering has been very economical because there is less wastage. I make only two trips with my Watering Can (of about 15 Liters).

Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 10:55pm On Mar 28
Barbsamiin:
jst wow

grin grin grin
Thanks Barbs
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Barbsamiin: 11:59pm On Mar 28
ChuksDaVinci:


grin grin grin
Thanks Barbs
you're welc, where do u bought seeds?
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 1:36pm On Mar 29
Barbsamiin:
you're welc, where do u bought seeds?

I'm based in Delta, so I got mine at Agbor. Agric Office.
You can get yours wherever you're based. Just ask around for Sellers of Hybrid seeds. Produced by Premier or Technisem or any other.
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Barbsamiin: 2:47pm On Mar 29
ChuksDaVinci:


I'm based in Delta, so I got mine at Agbor. Agric Office.
You can get yours wherever you're based. Just ask around for Sellers of Hybrid seeds. Produced by Premier or Technisem or any other.
Ok, thanks
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 9:14am On Mar 30
DAY 4 - 30/03/2021

4 days after planting, Cucumber sprouts begin to emerge....

Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by zxcvbnmlkjhgfds: 10:03am On Mar 30
ChuksDaVinci:
LAND PREPARATION


Cleared my small site on the 25th of March (Day).
Completed bamboo trellis on the 26th of March. Started the previous night.
Filled bags with a mixture of Loamy soil and ash, same day 26th (Evening).

Kindly state why you added ash and what's the importance?

Shalom.
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 2:49pm On Mar 30
Still today, DAY 4 - 30/03/2021

Took this picture this very afternoon. Just minutes ago...

Cucumber spreads its leaves and drinks in its first sunlight.

The ministry is moving to the permanent site grin grin grin

Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 3:06pm On Mar 30
zxcvbnmlkjhgfds:


Kindly state why you added ash and what's the importance?

Shalom.

Ash (wood ash) is good sources of macro and micro nutrients for your plant, they are rich in potassium, and also help in conditioning your soil (are alkaline).
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Vision4God: 3:19pm On Mar 30
Beautiful
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by okoroemeka(m): 8:42pm On Mar 30
I thank God this is an experimental farm because that seed you are using is a joy killer,it is just meant for small gardens like that,if tried on a commercial scale the result will not be funny,poor vigor,low yields,poor disease resistance,longer days to maturity,etc.these are things that makes it a poor choice for commercial farming.if possible the pilot test will be complete if you plant another variety like cu 999 by the side and compare,I don't know your location but I can send you the small satchet of cu 999(70-80 seeds)for you to also plant and compare the performance,if you are ready for the challenge send your name, location and phone contact to my WhatsApp 081+199+420+49.

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Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Olaleyeabdullah(m): 9:26pm On Mar 30
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Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by noeloge82(m): 9:40pm On Mar 30
okoroemeka:
I thank God this is an experimental farm because that seed you are using is a joy killer,it is just meant for small gardens like that,if tried on a commercial scale the result will not be funny,poor vigor,low yields,poor disease resistance,longer days to maturity,etc.these are things that makes it a poor choice for commercial farming.if possible the pilot test will be complete if you plant another variety like cu 999 by the side and compare,I don't know your location but I can send you the small satchet of cu 999(70-80 seeds)for you to also plant and compare the performance,if you are ready for the challenge send your name, location and phone contact to my WhatsApp 081+199+420+49.

You have said the truth and nothing more but only time shall tell
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Nezzjnr: 10:22pm On Mar 30
Olaleyeabdullah:
boss, this your review of jorad breaks my heart...damn
Jorad is actually Midway seed


The seed OP is using is actually Market more
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by Olaleyeabdullah(m): 4:06am On Mar 31
Nezzjnr:

Jorad is actually Midway seed


The seed OP is using is actually Market more
yeah...it was a mix up
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 2:58pm On Mar 31
okoroemeka:
I thank God this is an experimental farm because that seed you are using is a joy killer,it is just meant for small gardens like that,if tried on a commercial scale the result will not be funny,poor vigor,low yields,poor disease resistance,longer days to maturity,etc.these are things that makes it a poor choice for commercial farming.if possible the pilot test will be complete if you plant another variety like cu 999 by the side and compare,I don't know your location but I can send you the small satchet of cu 999(70-80 seeds)for you to also plant and compare the performance,if you are ready for the challenge send your name, location and phone contact to my WhatsApp 081+199+420+49.

Thanks. I'm up for the challenge, and will be in touch shortly.
Hopefully, this seed can be used for the Pilot Phase II. The results will be published here live.

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Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 3:06pm On Mar 31
noeloge82:


You have said the truth and nothing more but only time shall tell

I'm glad I can learn from this, and show my results here. Like I stated earlier, I've not grown Cucumber in a long while (6/7 years), I was focused on other Crops and Livestock.... And if I recall correctly, I used several varieties: Alpha-Beta, Marketer (Not Market-more) and Murano. The result was encouraging.
Re: My Cucumber Farming Dairy (pilot Phase) by ChuksDaVinci: 11:03am On Apr 01
DAY 6 - 01/04/21

Between 80 -85% of the seeds have sprouted. There are signs that some would soon emerge.
Since the start of sprouting, two days ago, the plants have more than tripled in size.... They grow very very fast.

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