Grow Squash, Cucumbers and Melons Vertically with vegetable support netting.
Vegetable support netting by HORTOMALLAS helps reduce diseases by growing vegetables verticallyIf you are planning to plant cucumbers, melons, or squash in your vegetable garden this year, think vertically, think vegetable support netting!The main thing you want avoid are any varieties that are labeled or marked “Bush Variety” because those won’t climb properly.Look for a “Vining Variety” because you’ll want to make sure it can climb your trellis, stake, or netting properly.Here are some standard varieties that will do well:Winter Squash: Hubbard Acorn ButternutSummer Squash: Straight Crook Neck Patty PanZucchiniCucumbers: Any that are vining typeMelons: Cantaloupe Muskmelon WatermelonNote: Many melons thrive on a trellis. But because they’re heavy, you may need to support them with cotton or nylon slings.Make sure you harvest squash while they very small; when the fruit is only four to six inches long. Any bigger and they just don’t taste as good, and can get kind of woody.Vertical Supports:You can use string, netting or just a stake, as long as you place it very close to the plant. You can put a stake in the ground first, and then plant your seed or young plant around it. This way you don’t drive the stake into the roots of the growing plant.Then gently lift and bend the plant up, and tie it to the stake or string. After you get it started up your string or netting, every few days it will have grown out a few inches, and you’ll need to train that new growth up the trellis. So every few days, just keep training the new growth up the stake, string, or netting.The whole process is fast and easy and you will have saved a ton of room!http://www.weekendgardener.net/blog/2007/04/grow-squash-cucumbers-and-melons.htm
HORTOMALLAS manufactures and markets crop support nettings (trellising and tutoring as alternatives to the raffia twine labor intensive traditional system) that increase crop quality. Our Mission is to: INCREASE VEGETABLE CROP YIELD AND PROFITABILITY TO ALL THOSE VEGETABLES THAT NEED TUTORING AND SUPPORT USING NETTING INSTEAD OF RAFFIA. Since 1994 we help professional growers and farmers improve their cucumber, tomatoes, melon, zucchini, bean, chile, peppers crops where trellises and supports are needed. HORTOMALLAS is the ideal system for cucurbitacea and solonacea to improve their phytosanitary conditions, while increasing the solar exposure and the brix degrees. Besides the obvious labor costs savings, the use of HORTOMALLAS increases the life span of the plant, allowing longer periods of harvests and of a greater quality. Call us, our crop specialists will help you with specialized attention in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula!