Square Melons, grown by Japanese farmers in glass cases, fit more neatly into your bento box, uh refrigerator.
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Vertical growing allows almost any gardener to find a space for melons. There are many advantages of going vertical with your melon vines. Space is the most obvious. What may have engulfed a 10 to 20 foot wide swath through the garden can be trellised to take up no more than a 3 foot wide "footprint" of garden space.
Growing Strawberries Vertically this looks like something to try!
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Helpful hints! I was wondering about moles and such and the chicken wire is a great idea... but I would have thought about it too late.