A couple of years ago I heard about growing pumpkins on trellises. At first I thought it was crazy. Pumpkins can be 10, 15, 30 pounds or much more. Surely the wimpy vines couldn’t hold the weight of a large pumpkin.
But I saw several pictures of watermelon, cantaloupe, and even a few smaller pumpkin hanging on a trellis made from a trellis frame made net, supported by 1/2-inch electrical conduit.
Well, this year I made my foray into trellised pumpkins. You can see the picture. Each of these pumpkins are hanging at least a foot off the ground. They are having no problem being supported by this garden trellis. I have included some instructions one of my video articles called How to Build and Use a Vegetable Trellis.
Having tried this, I’m never going back.
You see, there are several advantages to using the pumpkin trellis.
- The vines don’t crawl all over the garden and cover every other plant. With just a little guidance, the vines will grow up and through the trellis.
- The pumpkins stay out of the dirt.
- The pumpkins grow nice and round, making perfect pumpkins.
- If I strategically place my different cucurbits, tomatoes, pole beans, and other vine plants along the edges of my garden, it actually makes an attractive border as the vines climb.
Next year I intend to fill the entire East and North borders of my garden with trellised plants. I suspect I’ll save a lot of space and a lot of bending.