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Grow Cantaloupe Vertically Along Privacy Fence

I started growing cantaloupes, honeydew and watermelon in my back and knew I’d need a trellis if I didn’t want them to just grow all over the place! So I sectioned them off with a slightly raised bed and made a cattle panel arch trellis which worked well! You can see the video here. I have a 6′ tall privacy fence around my backyard and decided to experiment with using that unused space and the fence as a trellis. I had some cantaloupe seeds and grew them in small cups and once they were large enough I put them in a small garden bed along the fence line.

Grow Cantaloupe Vertically Along Fence

June 15th, 2020
They are growing fast. The middle plant is cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe at the base of the fence June 15th 2020
Cantaloupe at the base of the fence June 15th 2020

June 26th, 2020
Cantaloupe vines expanding fast – almost time to string them up.

Vines expanding fast June 26th 2020
Vines expanding fast June 26th 2020

July 12th, 2020
Vines have been lifted and tied up with garden twine up on the fence and they have taken off growing rapidly.

Cantaloupe growing up fence July 12th 2020
Cantaloupe growing up fence July 12th 2020

July 18th, 2020
Found a cantaloupe growing hidden in the space between the post and the fence picket! Going to have to move it before it is completely stuck!

Hidden cantaloupe growing between fence post and picket July 18th 2020
Hidden cantaloupe growing between fence post and picket July 18th 2020

July 27th, 2020
Pulled the vine back a little so it had more room to grow in front of the fence post and supporting the fruit with hose tied to the bolts.

Cantaloupe support using hose tied to the fence bolts July 27th, 2020
Cantaloupe support using hose tied to the fence bolts July 27th, 2020
Cantaloupe on the top right growing up by the steel post and honeydew in middle on 7-27-2020
Cantaloupe on the top right growing up by the steel post and honeydew in middle on 7-27-2020

August 11th, 2020
Color change and it smells fantastic – time to harvest!

Color change and it smells fantastic 8-11-2020
Color change and it smells fantastic 8-11-2020
Cantaloupe harvested 8-11-2020
Cantaloupe harvested 8-11-2020

August 12th, 2020
Clean cut and eat! The lighting in my kitchen area is not the best for a photo but we sure enjoyed this cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe washed and cut 8-12-2020
Cantaloupe washed and cut 8-12-2020

By TheTexasGardener

Texas Gardener, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt and General Techie! I enjoy gardening and trying new things in the garden as well as coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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