The new garden bed, measuring 4’x8′ has run out of room. As I thought would happen, the melon vines have monopolized the existing space in the garden, leaving nowhere to go but UP. With a little bit of expediency this weekend, I fashioned a homemade trellis using 2×3’s and nylon cord. Luckily, I planted right and put the melons on the south side of the bed. By trellising the melon vines on the south side of the bed, I won’t be blocking any sunlight from the rest of the veggie plants.
The materials used consisted of two eight-foot sections of 2″x3″ boards, each cut into halves. I staked the four four-foot sections into the ground a couple of inches, then screwed each into the side of the garden bed and, for good measure, reinforced each attached board with two galvanized steel braces. I drilled a hole every eight inches or so up each four-foot section and ran nylon cord through each hole and pulled the cord taught before tying it off.
After the trellis was installed, I carefully tied the cantaloupe vines to the cords to begin training the vines up and through the trellis. The watermelon (planted last) isn’t quite long enough to start training, but I attached cords to the vines to begin pulling them towards the trellis. I imagine that within a week it will be creeping up through the cords alongside the cantaloupe.
I have lots of flowers so far and the bees have been very interested, so hopefully soon I’ll start seeing the first of the melons!