jasonvanorder wrote:Ill get out there tonight and put them on little "hills" of straw. I would like to trellis my cantaloupe next year. Just didnt have the time or resources this season.
I trellised cantaloupe one year and would not do it again, but that's just me. They grow lots of vine for the amount of melons they put out, the fruit needs to be cradled in some way or it can break the stem and drop off long before ripe. I used some of my wife's old worn out panty hose to make stretchable harnesses to expand as the cantaloupes grew. I tied this off to the wire of the trellis to keep them from pulling off the stems, but as they got larger and heavier, I found they needed to be retied to not break the stems. I found it more work than needed and a bad use of trellis space.
I prefer to put cucumbers or pole beans on my trellises for maximum yield and ease of picking.