Much like what we learned about vining beans in last weeks blog, our other large crops need to be kept in their own space and given good airflow. One major difference for vines like cantaloupe, butternut squash, and watermelon is to allow them to begin growing in the soil. Before training these vines up the trellis, you’ll want them to establish themselves in the soil around the bed. Once your vines are established and growing roots into the soil along the vines, then we route them up the trellis. Allowing them to do this will help the plant be stronger in the long run and get all the nutrients they need from the soil. As you reposition any vines that are growing out of the bed, or route extra vines up the trellis, make sure you position them in a way that keeps the tops of the leaves up facing the sun.
This is a very basic overview and shortened clip of caring for your large vining fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget we have a wealth of resources and full videos on our online gardening series platform: learn.sungoldgardens.com. Happy gardening!