Some crops take a little more room to grow than others. Vine crops, like cucumbers, squashes, and melons, love to spread as they grow.
On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Ajay Nair, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, about growing vine crops. Nair recommends mounds for vine crops that spread on the ground, and he says it helps with aeration.
"For cucumbers, you should try to do the trellising," Nair says. He also has recommendations for selecting pickling cultivars.