Homegrown cantaloupe tastes better than candy. It is my most favorite plant to grow in my garden, but the last two years, they have taken over my small little garden box and spilled into my yard.
I was nearly panicked to think of a summer without growing cantaloupes, but I just didn’t know where I was going to plant them.
Enter the Square Foot Gardening method.
Last summer, I converted my 4 X 8 box to a Square Foot Garden and I was very pleased with the results. This year, I decided to follow the book’s directions to build a vertical trellis to grow my cantaloupes up instead of out and all over my yard.
The above trellis cost me about $20 and was very easy to build.
My frame is made of three 5-foot conduit pipes(1/2 inch diameter), two 18 inch long rebar (1/2 inch diameter), two elbow connectors and trellis netting. The only variance that I made is that my trellis is 5 X 5 and the book recommends 4 X 5; I just didn’t feel like sawing one of the 5-foot pipes down to 4 foot.
Hopefully, that wasn’t an error. Because of my past experience with unruly cantaloupe plants, I planted 2 plants, instead of one per square foot. I’ll test the waters this year to see how many my trellis can handle.
I planted the melons about 2 1/2 weeks ago and they are just starting to take off. They’re not quite long enough yet to weave, but with all of the sun that we have finally been getting, they’ll be shooting upward soon. I’ll post more pictures through out the season to show the progress.
What kind of trellis/system do you use to plant vertically? Let us know in the comments.
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