September 10th


A gardening question for you — have you ever grown pumpkins or squash and had to reroute their direction? One of our gardens is so full, it is about two weeks away from completely taking over the walkway to the front door. With the new winter garden on the other side of the path, I’m soon going to be walking on either baby beets or surly pumpkins to go to and from each day.

My idea is to put in a small series of picket posts to give the pumpkins something else to crawl and push them back into the garden space away from the path. Any ideas?


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10 Responses

  1. I think you should build a bridge over them. Plants come first!

  2. I have rerouted space hogging plants for years. The only trick I advise is straw underneath them seems to keep them happy in any direction. I have just picked up the plants and put them where I want them. I admit, I like that bridge idea.

  3. I think you can pick them up and move them where you want as long as the vines dont bend too much. I like the bridge idea too. A trellis of squash over the walkway 🙂

  4. I found this info.

    I did notice that they mentioned small pumpkins…so if you are growing large pumpkins I don’t know if it would work the same. Also, it did advise to watch out for messing up the roots if you put trellis stakes in the ground. I would make sure that you don’t put the stake too close to the start of the vines.

    I personally have only thought about doing this and have not actually done it before. I have read before that you can tie the fruits up by cradling it using women’s panty hose and then tying it to the trellis.

    Those vining fruits WILL take over! It is amazing to me how HUGE the vines will get! I have gently moved mine all over the place and they were still fine.

  5. Hey Kelli! We recently encountered this issue with cucumbers and Mark used tomato cages to support the plants. Alas, a weekend without water while we went camping and an attack by aphids did our poor plants in, but they seemed pretty happy with the cages prior to…hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Talking about the wild life in Arizona!

  7. I let my squash grow up and over and through a wire fence on the outside of our garden by just moving and weaving it as it grows. I didn´t think the plant would hold the weight of the squash but we had 7x3kg hokaido squash and 2 that weighed 8kg!

  8. I’ve had this happen, oh, just every year I’ve grown anything. So, like, forever. Something always takes over. I prefer the vertical approach to managing the plants – so, from my POV – putting up a taller fenceline, tepee or tomato cage (not just for tomatoes anymore!) gives them more room to grow.

    Which they will.

    Because they are pumpkins. And freaks.

  9. Gently rerouting sounds like the best idea. You do not want to break the pumpkin vine, not even a crack, because it will “bleed” to death if you do. Or so my very garden strong, former, step dad would say. He could grow anything.

    Also, do not touch certain plants during your menses. I know, strange thing to talk about, but the chemicals our body’s produce as women can kill certain plants just by touching them or even digging near their ground area. Pumpkins and African Violets are two that I know. My friend told me of more, but I forget what all is on the list.

  10. Oh yeah, also, if you put something down underneath the pumpkin while it’s growing, it can help prevent the bottom from rotting if it gets too wet. I’ve used carboard, some people use other things. I’m sure you can find much more on the internet about this than I know. I’ve only grown pumpkins a few times.