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Post  Hawgwild 4/12/2022, 2:59 pm

Searching on the internet to get ideas for cradling my cantaloupes and sugar baby watermelons and came across these cradles from bootstrapfarmer.com.

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They have large and small cradles and the one here is the small one. Should easily handle a melon that is bowling ball size and a little larger. Will use zip ties to secure one to my trellis. They run about $22+ for 10. Same price for both sizes, large or small.

Think they will work out OK for me.
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BTW: That cantaloupe came from walmart..mine are a work in progress.. Very Happy
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Post  sanderson 4/12/2022, 5:09 pm

They are cute, I have to admit.

Slings for melons, winter squash, luffa and petite watermelons are not needed.  The vine and tendrils toughen to support their fruits.
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Post  Hawgwild 4/12/2022, 9:14 pm

Thanks sanderson...I've read on here that the vines would strengthen as the weight increases but just wanted to try these ..


My kids and grand kids will get a good kick out of them anyway...and picking out the melon or cantaloupe they wish to take home.



What is that veggy in that first pic you posted on this thread?
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Post  sanderson 4/12/2022, 10:21 pm

The first picture is what was supposed to be a spaghetti squash. It is obviously an opps, a hybrid, as it never turned yellow. But, it was a photo op.

When a melon is getting ripe, the slings can be used so that everyone's pick won't end up on the ground. When they are really rips, they can fall off the vine, as does some other fruits.

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Post  Hawgwild 4/13/2022, 9:17 am

Opps might be right..ha   Thought it may be a butternut squash. Going to try those for a fall crop. Never tried them before but will give them a shot. Gonna be mighty hot when I have to put the plants out in August..
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Post  sanderson 4/14/2022, 12:20 am

Canadian crookneck.  For sure, winter squashes do NOT need slings. Melon Cradles Winter33
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Post  OhioGardener 4/14/2022, 8:41 am

sander wrote:For sure, winter squashes do NOT need slings.

It was so cool last fall when I walked under the arbor between the two raised beds, and looked up at the Red Kuri and  Butternut Squash hanging down. The vines had no problem suspending them through the arbor.

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Post  Hawgwild 4/14/2022, 9:17 am

Nice veggy pics sanderson....definitely want need to sling the butternut but will have them running up a trellis.. Never even eaten a butternut squash but always looked good in the pics... but for now I need to take care of my spring crops...

Got a few more squares to fill in my sfg..

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Post  sanderson 4/14/2022, 4:32 pm

Trust me, winter squash do not need slings.  They hang gracefully.  Public domain:

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Post  Hawgwild 4/14/2022, 7:28 pm

Wow....that is some squash...
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Post  sanderson 4/14/2022, 10:19 pm

Yep, Mother Nature doing her thing.

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Post  yolos 4/14/2022, 10:29 pm

Tromboncino Squash and Butternut Squash.  Did not need cradles for these.
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