Melon spacing question
While I wait for this years harvest to ripen, I have begun to draw up the master plan for next season in my mind.
I would love to do melons on a trellis. I have a 2 x 8 foot box that I want to use for the melons. The box runs almost directly East to West. My tomatoes and peppers are doing very well in it this year. The current trellis is 6ft high.
Melon spacing is listed as 1 melon per 2 sqft. So I could get four melons in this bed based on that. What is the rational for the 1 per 2 sgft? Is it because of the size of the vines? Could you do 1 per 1 sgft and prune heavily? Could I extend the trellis out 1 ft on each side of the bed and squeeze in another melon or two?
I really have been thinking about this too much, but I am very curious as to what other may think about melon spacing.
I have read where EG did 4 melons along a 4ft trellis (2 in front and 2 behind), but that he would not do that again. It didn't sound as if he pruned very much, if at all.