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Post  lexilou on 3/9/2016, 7:18 pm

so if I make a 2x2 garden bed that is in the middle of the yard (which i did) and has lots of surrounding area for melon or pumpkin vines to grow outside the garden box, then wouldn't it be possible to have one 2x2 foot box and have one seed planted in each square an have the vines going in opposite directions? This will not be a vertical garden. let me try to make a picture...

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Theres more room on the sides of the garden bed than I showed but you get the idea. I am just worried that the recommendation for 1 plant per two feet might not have to do with how much room the vines grow, but how much room the roots need and the soil nutrients it needs. 

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Post  Mikesgardn on 3/9/2016, 7:38 pm

Good question.   The 2-foot spacing gives the vines enough room to grow on a trellis.    But I have grown a watermelon in a 1 square foot pot, and was able to harvest an 11 pound melon.    I say try planting as you have shown and see how it works, then report back.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/9/2016, 7:49 pm

Try it! rock on I think the spacing is more the size of the plant. Make sure those heavy feeders get lots of compost/nitrogen as they grow!
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Post  sanderson on 3/10/2016, 4:25 am

I say Ditto. One plant per square and let them run crazy. Lots of compost and mulch. I grow cantaloupes one per square and trellis vertically. So the roots have plenty of room a one per square.

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Post  sanderson on 3/14/2016, 5:12 am

This was posted by the SFG Forum on Facebook. Of course we know that a 2' deep container is not needed. Very Happy http://balconygardenweb.com/growing-watermelon-in-containers-and-pots-vertically/

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Post  yolos on 3/14/2016, 10:34 am

sanderson wrote:This was posted by the SFG Forum on Facebook.  Of course we know that a 2' deep container is not needed.  Very Happy  http://balconygardenweb.com/growing-watermelon-in-containers-and-pots-vertically/
I don't know if you all recognize that first picture of the watermelon on a trellis with a compost bin in the background.  That is a picture I took of my watermelon trellis years ago.  My watermelon trellis is now famous.  Very Happy
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Post  lexilou on 3/14/2016, 3:25 pm

Lol that's cool! (The post about doing watermelon in a pot, and that your trellis is famous!) your like a celebrity!
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Post  sanderson on 3/14/2016, 4:24 pm

A celeb! Very Happy

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/15/2016, 10:27 pm

+1 yolos! afro
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