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.

How I grow melons vertically along my fence

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

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
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
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!

Cantaloupe growing hidden
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
Cantaloupe support using hose tied to the fence bolts July 27th, 2020
Wider view
View of my cantaloupe on the right growing up by the steel fence post 7-27-2020

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

Cantaloupe color change 8-11-2020
Cantaloupe color change 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

How to Grow Cantaloupes Vertically in a small space

My first attempt at growing food in my backyard was with cantaloupes and watermelons and that did very well. Two small sections grew to be two 8′ x 10′ area and ended up using 4 cattle panels to build an arch trellis for each section to grow vertically. The main reason for this was to minimize space used so my kids still had plenty of room in the backyard but also grow as much as possible!

Video 1 – How to build a cattle panel trellis to grow cantaloupes and watermelons vertically. I have two slightly raised beds built from cedar pickets that are each roughly 8 feet x 10 feet in size. They both have 8 metal U posts and two 16 feet cattle panels.

Video 2 – Vertical cantaloupe garden from day 1 to fruit slings and the trellis build. Watch to the end to see the day 1 photo versus day 87.