Cantaloupe is one of my most favorite things to grow in the garden. The taste is unbelievable, so sweet and juicy.
In years past, the plants took over my garden and spilled into the yard, so I changed my planting strategy for the melons this year and planted upward, not at ground level.
I followed the method taught in my Square Foot Gardening book and I built a vertical trellis back in May.
It is now the middle of July and I am seeing the benefits of vertical gardening for vine plants. The plants looks healthy and there are at least 5 melons growing.
Two of the melons are actually growing on the ground at the base of the trellis.
My main concern is that the plants won't hold the weight of the melons as they grow to maturity. I referred to my book for guidance and Mel states that the stem supporting the melon grows thicker as the fruit grows larger and if I have the right support to hold the plant, the plant will hold the melons.
So far, the Square Foot Gardening Method has not disappointed me one bit, so I'll wait patiently and nervously and let you know how it works out.
Do you plant melons vertically? Does your trellis properly support the weight of the fruit? Let us know in the comments.
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