Hi. Sorry to take so long to reply. I haven't been able to get here for a while.
I didn't put any stakes for my cucumbers. I just let them grow over the side of the containers. I have seen them staked but that was in a shadehouse and the plants were grown hydroponically and they grew enormous lol.
I'm not sure why strawberries are grown in tubs with holes in the sides. I think you're probably right in thinking its to do with the look. Maybe its a way of saving space as well. I've never grown strawberries because I wouldn't be able to eat more than 2-3 because any more give me awful nettle rash :(
I have loads and loads of flower seeds as well. I should put them into some tubs and have a nice display but just haven't got to it. By the time I get them planted, they probably will be so old (like me) that they won't grow! I did plant quite a lot of nasturtiums in the containers with my tomatos the year before last, but that was because nasturtium leaves and flowers are really nice in salads, and they seemed to grow well with the tomatos. They sure made a lovely display as well. If I'd let them go, I'm sure they'd have taken over the whole garden. Hubby wouldn't have minded. Would have been less grass to mow hahaha.
I am going to put more herbs into pots this year. I already have a very nice basil plant growing, but I lost most of my mint when I was in hospital and it never got watered. Mint is pretty hardy but it doesn't exactly like being dry as a bone for weeks on end :( I will plant some more and also some parsley, rosemary, thyme, dill and maybe a couple of others. I used fresh thyme recently for the first time and it was so lovely it gave me the incentive to grow it.
I hope your cucumbers and strawberries grow well. What are bread and butter pickles?
PS I'll try and get in here a bit more often.