Algernon Gordon wrote: Since I'm trying to go more permaculture/sustainable, a man-made lattice goes against that so that's why I have been thinking about a brush pile instead. It should probably last for a good couple of years before decomposing into the soil. My only concern would be weeds growing up through the brush pile. I have noticed that weeds around the cucurbits will cause a LOT of moisture to be held in the air on and around the cucurbit leaves which encourages disease.
you shouldn't feel like you're limited by unwritten "rules" in Permaculture
All them unwritten rules aint worth the paper they're written on.