Ask a Question forum: Can I let watermelon sprawl on the ground from a raised bed?

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St. Louis, MO
Oct 15, 2017 12:42 AM CST
So I have a 3x6 raised bed with a 10 foot trellis (usine netting with 4 inch gaps). I don't have much space in the bed but I have plenty of space in the area around the bed. The north end is only 3 feet long. I was thinking about having one tomato and one watermelon on the north end. My plan was to trellis the tomato for it to take over and guide the watermelon through the trellis off the north end of the bed (the bed itself is 1 feet tall) and let the watermelon sprawl on the ground. Is this doable? Would I be correct to assume I need to trim off the side shoots from the watermelon among the parts on the bed? At the intersection of the raised bed corner and the drop off do I need additional support??

I know this is more than one question but help! I'll try to add pictures when able.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 15, 2017 9:32 AM CST
You sure can. Only support you'll need is a sling for any mellons in mid-air.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
St. Louis, MO
Oct 15, 2017 2:31 PM CST
This is what’s my
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garden beds look like
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Oct 15, 2017 4:02 PM CST
Letting some sprawl over the edge will be a lovely look - kind of soften up the hard edges a bit. I can't grow melons (not a long enough season) but if they behave anything like squash, you may need to keep them in bounds by trimming the leader once you have a good number of fruit on each vine.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 16, 2017 7:53 AM CST
Too late for watermelon this year.
Don't trim. Watermelons need the vine...
I lift the vine out of the path and place it out of the way.

So I have vines tossed over vines and tossed over vines some more.
Several vines deep.... Is ok... Better than cutting them off!

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