Ideas for trellis for out of control watermelon/squash?
Hi all. This year I expanded my veggie garden and threw down a "lasagne" garden bed for several squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe I grew from seed. The bed is about 10' X 5' wide.
In the past my curcurbits have succumbed to powdery mildew, squash bugs, etc. So, I planted 4 congo watermelon, 2 cantaloupe, 2 pumpkin and 1 calabash. I expected only a few to survive and maybe one to thrive. I was wrong. The plants have taken off like a rocket, have already grown all over their "assigned" area and are now crawling through the garden fence onto the adjoining lawn.
I know keeping them on the ground is encouraging diseases, so I am wondering how I can train them to go vertical?
Any ideas on a vertical trellis system that could hold 10 lb. fruits? Any idea on how to install the trellis without damaging delicate surface roots?
Should I/Can I prune the vines to a certain length?
I know I messed up this year by not figuring this out before, but how about for next year? Trellis ideas? Staking?
THANKS A BUNCH!
BTW, I followed Louis Riotte companion planting and planted the squash with just a few icicle radishes, marigolds, basil, and onions. I also planted lots of sunflowers in and around the plants. I don't understand how it works, but it does- the squash have no squash bug damage and are just thriving magically. There are squash bugs in the garden, but they just hang out on the sunflowers and ignore the squash. And thus far, I have used no pesticides (I go as organic as possible....)