I let the little squash go for a while and realized I didn't have the heart to pull it since it was growing so happily. I don't know what kind of squash it will produce but I'm already seeing flowers.
My side patch is along the house is about a foot and a half wide and 50+ feet long.
This is what I devised to keep these guys in line..... squash finials...
Yep, It's an upside down tomato cage and a grapevine craft-store cone. I've seen the cones used for little crafty christmas trees and knew it would be a good rustic looking cover for the pointy parts of the cage that normally stake into the ground.
I used a couple of large rocks and bricks at the base to keep the cage from tipping over until the leaves filled in. (The rocks are still there- they help keep weeds from the base of the plant.)
Here's some other snapshots...
I like how the mini squash tower adds some vertical interest going along the looooooooong side.