Cucumbers to bear from August till the end of November will do best on trellises. Melons to the end of September can be grown very well on the surface of the bed, though we prefer them on trellises also. If you have a good tight flue, you can make vise of it for top-heat. If the walls of your pit are thin brick-work, a lining all round it - as you seem to have plenty of stable-litter and leaves - might be applied with advantage, even if there is no proper enclosure for it. Grow Volunteer and Telegraph Cucumbers, and Colston Basset and Golden Queen Melons. You had better keep the litter quite clear of the flue.