I have this squash that grew on my tomato ladder trellis at the end of the season. See the tan orb on the right side of the picture. I have three pictures in this post to show winter squash growing in a unique way! These tomato ladders, when grouped together, make great trellises. As you can see from the pictures the tomato ladder is supporting the squash quite nicely. I get the tomato ladders from Gardeners Supply. They are very strong and come in red or green. I stack three together so they are very tall.
It is time to pick it before the first frost. The squash can be damaged by the frost depending on the temperature and how long it stays at that temperature during the night. I have a few more squash to harvest—I have been harvesting them gradually since the summer. You need a sharp knife to harvest the winter squash because the stem is very hard and strong. It needs to be– to hold up the squash that grow off the ground.
I used tomato ladders to create a cucumber trellis. And then the squash vines which were growing crazy wild took over the cucumber trellis. After a while I noticed a squash growing about 4 feet off the ground. It was supported by a tomato ladder and a wooden stake. I had placed some wooden stakes across some of the tomato ladders to provide more growing area. I don’t recommend them for tomatoes but they are great for creating trellises for cucumbers and squash.
You can’t see the wooden stake so well in this picture. Basically I placed them through the tomato ladders, horizontal to them. I was trying to provide more support and growing area for the vines to attach to.
Tomato Ladder Trellis Close-up
In this picture you can see very close up that the squash is very conveniently resting on one of the crossbars of the tomato ladder and the wooden stake. You can also see from the picture that this squash is very large and heavy! It was supported nicely right up until the time of harvest. So I discovered how great the tomato ladders are for growing these heavy squash quite by accident. Because this squash happened to grow this way. It was a valuable lesson for me because next year I am going to create a few trellises in my garden for the squash to grow on to save space.
Here are some more links to my blog posts about my adventures this year growing these huge winter squashes: