How to Build a Monster Garden Trellis to Grow Kakai Pumpkins Vertically


John from www.growingyourgreens.com shows you how to build a heavy duty 8′ x 8′ garden trellis from redwood stakes. The trellis will be used to grow Kakai Hulless pumpkins for the edible green oil seeds.

Categories : Misc. Gardening


  1. growingyourgreens says:

    this is a monster trellis. Yes, it easily handled the weight of the pumpkins and is fine for lighter stuff. That being said, if I was building a trellis for smaller plants, such as tomatoes, then I would have a tighter (smaller) hole pattern. I used the monsted trellis on cukes and it was not optimal, as it took more work to train the vines.

  2. 4evervescence says:

    Well done John! That looks like an enormous amount of work, but well worth it to have such sturdy, and attractive trellises. I imagine if these could handle pumpkins they could easily handle other veggies like squashes and tomatoes?

  3. ddynasty731 says:

    do you sell your produce?

  4. maureencroft says:

    Wow these are great, John! Added benefit of additional privacy too. Was about to order kakai seeds but the ones I found are “bush type” and supposedly only grow 2-3 pumkins per bush. Are yours a different variety, or did you do something to make them grow so tall & produce so heavily?

  5. johnphan76 says:

    Thanks a bunch , I’m trying to build one this weekend

  6. 4clockfarms says:

    you r epic thanx!

  7. growingyourgreens says:

    Don’t think I filmed a harvest video. I do have a few episodes showing them growing, and the last kakai video I did I show a pumpkin that was harvested from the trellis.

  8. thekeyboardzone says:

    Oops – never mind, John – I did some searching, and I found it! Wow, those seeds look so yummy! I’m definitely adding kakai pumpkins to my list of things to grow – I can’t wait! I always get so hungry when I watch your videos, but unfortunately, I don’t have all the yummy options you do LOL.

  9. thekeyboardzone says:

    John, do you have a follow-up to this video that shows the pumpkins ready to harvest? That is so cool – I am always inspired by your creative genius, which is a nice complement to your ever-growing gardening skills! ~Karen

  10. cschopf says:

    They are called barefoot shoes, made by Vibram.

  11. growingyourgreens says:

    Yes, the kakai pumpkin flesh is edible.

  12. Liono68 says:

    I ordered some seeds recently, but what I really want to know is…ARE THE PUMPKINS THEMSELVES EDIBLE? I can’t seem to find any information as to the flesh of the pumpkin itself except that one reference says it’s ‘stringy.’ You’re the man to ask. :) Thank you.

  13. rickjames9898 says:

    John, you are my favorite youtuber! I’m growing all my own food as a result of stumbling across your videos!

  14. sky6553 says:

    what do u have on your feet? they look so cool.. your toes look like they fit in like in a glove.. please say where u got them from ta

  15. sky6553 says:

    john what do u have on your feet? they look so cool.. your toes look like they fit in like in a glove.. please say where u got them from ta

  16. sky6553 says:

    what do u have on your feet? they look so cool.. your toes look like they fit in like in a glove.. please say where u got them from ta

  17. Buccaneerfan13 says:

    I found a dealer for the azomite! he does house calls too : ) just got my first rain storm and the plants are going ballistic! Thanks John

  18. growingyourgreens says:

    I got the starts from senk farms. I wonder if the ones from the health food store would sprout??

  19. growingyourgreens says:

    They are each sunk in the bed about 2 to 2.5 feet. they are fairly stable. I mean to tie them together, and they will be more stable.

  20. michaelgirvine says:

    Where did you pick up the seeds or starts? I recently discovered pepitas and love them.

  21. 3xslady says:

    good job, John how did u stablize your trellis in your garden bed. What did u use to keep them standing? i know u didn’t use cement.

  22. baconsoda says:

    Hi John, tidy work. Just a thought – as well as closing the end of the trellises in it might be worth considering some method of stabilising the whole affair at each end because, when the pumpkins grow, that trellis will be like a big sail.
    Also, good idea with the boxes.
    Best Wishes, Brendan.

  23. jakearick says:

    even if they are they are probably GM and that is arguably worse than deforesting

  24. rskurow says:

    I am going to report you to the Post Office. On second thought, I think I am going to go to the Post Office personally and get some boxes. Thanks!

  25. 911tomo says:

    great idea ha ha. my tapemeasure is now in the bin