OK, I guess I’m obsessed with this huge Chinese winter squash. Her name is Audrey, lol, and I blogged about her size and how vigorous she is before. https://sarasinart.net/2018/07/18/a-squash-named-audrey/
She has 3 stems now well up the bamboo pyramid I gave her to grow on. I knew that wasn’t going to be enough space for her, and was working on where else she could go. I’d love to just let her run loose thru the grass but there is the issue of mowing.
So, brainstorm, I think…..several sisal twine strings from the top of the pyramid, over to the clothes line poles. She’s got weight cos each shoot is an enormous amount of plant material, but sisal twine is strong.
All of the shoots up on the pyramid are already nicely twined around parts of it. She wants to go, and to climb and cling onto things to protect her branches from wind. This plant, well I’ve never encountered another plant like it. I keep giving her direction so she can continue, and also so she doesn’t cut off sunlight from my pepper pots which are right beside where she’s growing.
It seems like just a week ago I was waiting for her to cross the path up thru my yard. Now I wrapped her top shoot around the one length of sisal twine, and can add more twine as needed. And the clothes lines are long and strong, once she gets across this space and to the metal poles.
She is determined, and so am I!