BP wrote:as for your question about supporting your fruit..........
Here is a pic of a watermelon (little larger than a golfball) supported by an onion sack tied to my pvc pipe trellis.
Now ( 6 days later) that melon is larger than a softball, more like a kids basketball. It will only fit in this onion sack for another day or two. What should I use next? I thought of buying fish landing net material at gander Mountain, but it seems a little pricey.
Any suggestions for a newbie here? I have posted quite a few pics and questions on the fruit board, but have gotten little response. Should I be on this board?
BP, sorry you haven't had a good response. I generally don't respond to questions because I'm not always certain I'm right. I hate being embarrassed
However, I have read that a woman's nylons are excellent for holding a melon on a trellis. They grow with the melon, they let sun in to mature the melon, and they are supposedly easy to tie to a trellis.
The most important thing, I think, is that they are quite stretchy. Depending upon what size melon you want to support, you might have to buy stockings of that size to support its weight and expand with it. I would imagine a Carolina Crimson would take Queen size, while my Burpee Fordhooks will take regulars. I'm just growing little 14 pounders, so I am confident (I think) that they will stretch enough.
I'm betting a hair net would work for some sizes of melons. There was a fashion, too, years ago, of women with long hair supporting their locks in a mesh-weave type hair net that might work for this. Be creative. Whatever is designed to stretch, can be tied, and will let the sun in will work. Again, that's what I think.
I haven't checked out EG's blog yet. I will look at it tomorrow. (I think he said a few days.) To show you how out of the loop I am when it comes to growing melons, I've never even heard of a sling. I'm trying watermelons again after a decade-long absence from the veggie
BTW, I like your trellis!