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    Default Training squash up a trellis

    Afternoon folks.

    Does anyone have any experience with training (spaghetti) squash using a trellis, rather than letting it trail?

    I have a small area earmarked for herbs (to be moved from elsewhere) and low-lying veg (onions, etc) and am thinking of creating something above the bed to train the vines over. I think if it was 1 - 1.5m tall then enough sun will reach the bed and raised patio behind.

    I'm also toying with the idea of growing in a pot and training it to the trellis, rather than straight into the ground, though I'm not sure of the viability of this (the problem being particularly stony ground, so with a planter with a water reservoir may suffice - if it's big enough).

    Could anyone offer any advice about the size the trellis would need to be (or can I train the vine back on itself, or just pinch it out when it reaches the end?). Also; how strong would it need to be? I have canes knocking about which are spares from my beans but may purchase something a little stronger for this project.

    Thank you in advance, folks.

    As usual I may not have explained properly what I mean and intend to do - I can put a picture/plan up if needed.

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    firstly, if you're putting it in a pot, you will hve to water more regularly, probably every day in the summer. If you're putting it in the ground, you'd best dig in a lot of manure, they are heavy feeders.
    To trail it, I haven't done spaghetti squash, but i did some crown prince. My advice would be to stop it when you have 3 or 4 viable fruits on it, or less. I left mine to trail along a chainlink fence, they grew really well, but I ended up with one or two from each plant which is a rubbish return as far as I'm concerned.

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    I think I saw Gardeners World training squash up a (very sturdy) wigwam but I can't find it anywhere on google- anyone know as I wanted to give it a go

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    Ive seen it done (not done myself) but not on canes but on trellis. A bit like this...
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    here you go! monty don tells all

    BBC Two - Gardeners' World, 2011/2012, Episode 14, Squashes & pumpkins

    think I will have to try this this year
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    Thanks guys, some good info to sink my teeth into.

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    I think Monty Don had some on hazel poles but a very clever grape threaded bamboo canes to form a large mesh fence, upon which her squashes scrambled. Very effective and I am cribbing the idea this year before it is patented!
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