Trellised Cantaloupe, anyone?
I've decided to go into trellised cucumbers in an effort to squeeze down on these space-hog crops, and to escape belly-rots on the cantaloupe. As I've begun my planning, I am considering how, and if, cantaloupes could be grown on a trellis as well. My market demands a fairly large eastern style muskmelon(Athena/Hale's type), up to 5 lbs, and I would be using 6"x6" steel concrete reinforcing mesh 5 ft high, with t-posts.
Most receommendations for doing this cater towards backyard gardens, and say to use old pantyhose, mesh onion bags, etc, and hang the melons before they get too big.
Nobody in my family wears hose, and I don't know enough women to come up with 100 pairs of old hose, even if they were willing to give me their old panties- know what I mean?
So I've been looking around for where the packers get those mesh bags, and I'm not big enough to buy 500 or 1000 bags, and meet the wholesaler's minimums. The closest I've come is a nylon hairnet sold for the restaurant trade(~$.10-.20ea), which may possibly be strong enough(currently waiting for a sample).
Anyone out there growing small melons this way?
Anybody else have any ideas, or a source for those mesh onion bags?
BTW, my plan includes an early planting of snow peas on the trellis, removing 1/3 of the peas each 2 weeks for cukes/melons, and following the cukes with a late crop of pole beans.