Can I grow pumpkins verically? In my community garden plot?

by Christine
Pumpkin takes up alot of room in my small community garden plot. What can I use that is no more than 5 feet high to vertically plant pumpkins, or, watermelon or squash?
  8 answers
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on May 22, 2017

    Believe it or not, you can use a ladder or step stool. But you will have to be selective as to which tendrils you let bloom. Go for personal size melons, or only plant one hill. You can also put a tomato cage over a melon on the ground and train tomato or another vine up the cage, getting two plants in the same space.

  • Gardengraz Gardengraz on May 23, 2017

    Jewell's ideas are good, but you will also have to support the melons as they develop--they can get heavy.

  • Bulldog Bulldog on May 23, 2017

    They are too heavy to plant vertically

  • UpState UpState on May 24, 2017

    Growing these items vertically is way too dangerous for small neighborhood children that may wander into the garden and start playing.

    Too heavy.

  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on May 25, 2017

    You can use an anchored ladder or a v-shape jointed trellis, but I would recommend growing smaller varieties such as baby boo, sugar babies, baby pam or New England pie. Even then, you may need to make little "hammocks" for them from panty hose tied to your trellis to keep them from breaking off before they are ripe or breaking the vine if they get too heavy.

  • Cindy Cindy on May 25, 2017

    A tomato cage is not sturdy enough to support melons or squash and does not give enough room for these plants to grow. If you prefer to plant vertically, I recommend green beans, cucumbers or even tomatoes. Good luck. From: Cindy

  • Christine Christine on May 26, 2017

    I got a very strudy animal cage type system for free at the recycle center. The metal is sturdy and supprted by posts. Will do cukes and tomatoes. And hopefully a vining flower. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Christine Christine on May 26, 2017

    I could make a v-shape. A gardener made the nests last year and it turned out well. Hoping for Faerie Watermelon.

    I picked up a bunch of panty hose at a garage sale. They stretch well and are great for securing tomato branches on a tomato plant. Used hosiery on a cosmos plant, too.

    Thanks for your comment and suggestions.

    Helps lots.