Tomatoes w/ Watermelons as Mulch?
I'm just now getting my previously overly saturated back garden area ready for summer planting. What I am thinking about doing this year is planting a major portion of it in tomatoes, watermelons, and muskmelons.
I had the notion that I might be able to run tomatoe trellises lengthwise, east to west, and about 6 ft. to 8 ft. apart, and then plant watermelons in between those rows.
My "theory" is because they are opposite in height they wouldn't interfere with one another and the melons could act as sort of a mulch for the tomatoes, weed barrier and and water conserver. If I did this I would put down lots of cardboard around the melons to hold down weeds before they start vining.
My question is, has anyone ever tried this before and if so, how did it work out.
Downside:I already have visions of having to buy a pair of knee high rubber boots and praying a lot before braving a trip out there to gather tomatoes if I do this because of sneaky snakes. After all this time, they still give me the creeps.