After 20 years of selling Garden Buildings, you would think that we have seen everything you could do with them. However, we can across a blog by the Texas Gardener that showed an interesting way that Gazebo trellising can help you grow full sized melons.
Most gardeners are deterred from growing them due to how much space is needed. A single plant of melons can take up to 20 feet so many people do not have room in their gardens. Vertical growing however provides most gardeners with the opportunity to grow melons, irrespective of their garden size. The trellis that you can find on our Gazebos is the perfect host for your vertical garden; allowing you to grow melons without less maintenance than if they were in the ground as you do not have to worry about weeds or risk damaging one of the vines as you try and navigate your way through the garden.
You will need to plant your melons in the ground primarily. Try to position your Gazebo so the trellis gets good sun exposure but will keep the growing fruit in the lower, shadier side of the trellis to ensure maximum growth. As the melon vines grow, they will need to be trained onto the trellis as they are poor climbers. They will grow fast though so you need to go out every other day to orientate the vines and ensure they are growing in the right direction.
If you have ever picked up a melon in a store, you know that it will be heavy. You need to make that you have a material that will be able to support this weight without becoming damaged. The three 985m x 1926mm trellis panels on our Otteridge Gazebo are made out of pressure treated timber meaning not only are they strong enough to hold melons but they are also protected against rot and infestation for 10 years.
So, many of you may be thinking, how do you keep the fruit from ripping the vines off of the plant? We have seen so many different tips for this. We believe the most effective one is that you need to choose tights, netting or something that is made of a strong, stretchy material.
Encase your melon in this material so that it supports it, similar to that of a hammock. As your melon grows and the weight increases, the stretchy material will be able to hold it securely without damaging the melon itself. Be sure that you tie it securely to the trellis, as the netting/tights will naturally sag as the melon grows in size. The last thing you want is to have a strong gust of wind throw your melons onto the floor and cause them to break.