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Post  retired member 2 on Sun 17 Apr 2011 - 18:49

I was reading Mel's advice on growing melons and he suggested slings. How do you put a melon in a sling and what do you make it out of? I planted one square of cantalope and one of a small watermelon. I am planning on using the nylon trellis for them as they are in the same bed with tomatoes.

I planted a Butternut squash today from seed, but after reading a little more about them in the SFG book, I thinkk I am going to remove them tommorrow. Sound too agressive to me.

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Post  fiddleman on Sun 17 Apr 2011 - 19:35

In one of my books (30+ years old version of Crockett's Victory Garden pg. 168. ) James Crocket had this to say about it "The only problem with this vertical melon garden is that the fruit is usually too heavy for the foliage to support, so the gardener has to lend a helping hand. When the melons grow to about the size of grapefruit, I bag each individual fruit with some mesh material that will support the melons as they continue to grow. I use either an old nylon stocking or an onion bag or plastic netting, tying it with twine to the fence. The melons can continue to grow without bearing the full burden of their own weight."

Sounds sensible enough, though I haven't ever grown melons vertically myself, I would think this good advice.

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Post  westie42 on Sun 17 Apr 2011 - 19:45

My butternut can get 20 feet away from the seedling and still provide mature fruit. Not something I would want to master on a SFG trellis. There are bush type butternuts but have never gotten good production from them like the older varieties give. Just avoid netting your melons with material that could rot or deteriorate in the sun and rain.

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Post  shannon1 on Sun 17 Apr 2011 - 23:52

I the new SFG book Mel said they grew pumpkins 7 feet in the air that the vines just get stout enough to hold them and no longer recomends slinging them like he did in the old SFG book. study I don't know if that is true of mellons too but perhaps if you grew one of the smaller types it might.

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Post  acara on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 4:51

I'd recommend slinging melons (in an SFG/container); if for no other reason than if one drops, it does epic damage to the other/rest of the plants in the container/bed.

Somehow the melon always seems to to survive the drop ..... probably because the blow is softened by all the plants that break its fall on the way down.

As far a what to sling them with ..... I've used both cheesecloth and pantyhose sucessfully.

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Post  retired member 2 on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 5:28

I have a lot of plastic mesh bags that onions come in so I thought Iwould use those. Once they are in the sling, what do you fasten them to?

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Post  acara on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 5:35

clb58 wrote:I have a lot of plastic mesh bags that onions come in so I thought Iwould use those. Once they are in the sling, what do you fasten them to?

I've used those before (and the lemon/lime mesh bags) .... just fashion an "S" hook out of a piece of heavy gauge wire & hook them onto your wire cage trellis (hook goes right through the mesh). I've also used trashbag ties (the paper covered wire ones) to attach the mesh to the structure.


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Post  nancy on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 6:26

Last year we put a tomato cage around the melon plant and then tied sections of panty hose to the rungs. It made a hammock for the melons. Unfortunately I used my old "skinny" nylons and they didn't really expand enough. This year I will buy queen sized from the dollar store. It works well if you can keep the melon in its hammock!

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Post  MasonGarden on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 8:26

Does anyone have pictures of their melons in a sling?

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Post  nancy on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 8:31

I can't post pictures from work, but I have one in my gallery. If you can't find it, I'll try to post in in this thread when I get home. It's even titled "melons in a sling". Very Happy

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Post  MasonGarden on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 8:39

Thanks, Nancy. Your response clicked a thought so I went to google images and found these:





It looks like in both cases they are using cattle panel fencing for the trellis as well. Looks nice and sturdy!

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Post  nancy on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 16:22

Here is the picture of my sugar baby melon in its sling from last year:



Those are indeed silver / sparkly panty hose. My ex-husband bought them for me one year for Christmas. I don't think I ever wore them.

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Post  Old Hippie on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 16:25

very fancy!! LOL! I love it.

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Post  acara on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 16:59

Pantyhose FTW !!!!

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  MasonGarden on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 18:08

Disco melons! smiles

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Post  Old Hippie on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 22:26

@acara wrote:Pantyhose FTW !!!!

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Pantyhose Free the Whales?? :scratch:

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Post  boffer on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 22:38

OH, I wanted to ask in another thread, hippies didn't used to wear pantie hose, what's up with that? Razz

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Post  Old Hippie on Mon 18 Apr 2011 - 23:36

LOL! You are right about that but then when we pastored a church I was expected to look somewhat respectable. I caved in to the establishment and started shaving my legs, wearing various undergarments I had previously rebelled against and from then on it was a downward spiral into conformity and eventually suburbia. Sad

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Post  acara on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 3:39

@Old Hippie wrote:
@acara wrote:Pantyhose FTW !!!!

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Pantyhose Free the Whales?? :scratch:

Gwynn

Sorry.....

Pantyhose FTW = Pantyhose, For-The-Win

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Post  nancy on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 6:05

I'm so glad you spelled that out. I didn't want to have to ask (thanks OH!!). My brains said For the Women or For the Watermelons. jocolor

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Post  Smartchick on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 8:26

I use pantyhose as well to sling canteloupe. I stick them inside the hose and then tie the top to the trellis or frame somewhere. It's nice becuase when canteloupe are ripe they literally slip off the vine. When you notice the slings drooping you know your canteloupe are ripe! Last year I grew them on nylon trellis successfully. I have also grown butternut squash in the SFG and while the vine does grow quite rapidly, I just kept weaving it in an out of the trellis. No need to sling those as the stems grew rather thick on their own - same for acorn squash.

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Post  Old Hippie on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 19:30

@nancy wrote:I'm so glad you spelled that out. I didn't want to have to ask (thanks OH!!). My brains said For the Women or For the Watermelons. jocolor

Well, I looked it up on line and there were several... but a couple of them were not useable on this forum and I didn't think it was what Acara meant anyway.

Thanks Acara. I don't text at all so am not up on all the shorthand that goes with it. You obviously let slide my comment about your pantyhose. LOL!

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Post  boffer on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 19:32

Shhh...I'm not sure if his wife knows about his pantyhose.

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Post  Old Hippie on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 19:41

@boffer wrote:Shhh...I'm not sure if his wife knows about his pantyhose.

Ooops!

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Post  ashort on Tue 19 Apr 2011 - 19:44

Took a chance.... :?:


Googled it..... Shocked



Yep, its been done - melons in bras... cheers

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