|Squash trellis image from Pinterest.|
Trellises solve this problem completely by taking these plants up off of the ground. Even for heavier plants like hubbard squash and pumpkins, low trellises at least provide a guide for vines so they're not just tangled piles on your garden floor.
Below are instructions for trellis construction (gleaned from the amazing Instructables site); you can modify the height of the trellis as your needs require.
The goal of this project was to create a trellis that is sturdy and inexpensive for the amount of crops that can be grown and that allows a lot of air flow, sunlight, and easy access for picking fruit and maneuvering the vines. Although we did this for tomatoes, this trellis isn't limited to that particular crop. Just imagine this thing covered in cucumbers and sweet peas!
- 1 1/4"x10' UV resistant electrical pvc pipe (x3)
- 3/4"x10' UV resistant electrical pvc pipe with connectable ends (x10)
- PVC plumbing adhesive
- 3'x50' Galvanized welded wire fence (x2)
- Pack of rebar ties
- Measuring tape
- Wire cutters
- Sledge hammer
- Scrap piece of 2x4
- Prep the soil for growing your crop.
- Glue 2 lengths of the 3/4" pipe together (repeat 4 more times to get five 20' long pipes) and allow to cure for 24 hours.
- Cut the 1 1/4" pipe to 2 1/2' lengths.
- Measure a 10' by 7' area and create line guides making sure to square the corners.
- At 2' intervals along the long side of the measured area, pound the 1 1/4" pipe into the ground using a piece of 2x4 for cushioning so as not to damage the pipe.
- Insert the 3/4" pipe into the 1 1/4" pipes creating the hoop.
- Span the wire fence over the hoops and attach the fence to the pipe using rebar ties.
- Plant your vegetables or ornamentals or whatever! Have fun and enjoy!