Climbing Watermelon Vines

Q: I have limited space in my garden and plants with long vines like cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumbers take up too much room. Will they do okay climbing or is it best for them to spread across the ground?

A: As long as the leaves get plenty of sunshine, it’s fine to build a trellis of some sort for the vines to climb. You can make a sling out of cloth to hold the fruit above the ground without causing too much weight on the vine.