The Q&A Archives: 'slinging" Vegetables

Question: I've read that 'slinging' fruit and vegetables when growing them on trellis or fences helps the vines carry the weight. How are these 'slings' made, and when does one apply them?

Answer: A sling can be made of any stretchy fast drying fabric. Old nylon stockings are great for this. Make a supporting sling when the melon or whatever is about softball sized or seems to be straining the vine. Allow ample room for the melon to grow and stretch the fabric, loosen the sling periodically as needed. This is not usually used for full sized watermelons, but more for smaller types that can be grown well on a trellis.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Moss on a log"