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A Garden Surprise

cantalope

Oftentimes we plan our gardens so well that we never take into consideration that we are but stewards of the land. Where a seed is dropped a plant can grow. It doesn't matter all the time if we water it systematically or we allow it only X amount of sun per day. It doesn't even matter if we suspend the plant correctly and allow it ample bedding so as not to bruise the fruit. A plant is a living organism and as such, is always full of surprises.

Thus is the case when last night, frustrated with our lack of melon production, we noticed this little gal resting in one of the holes in the cinderblocks that composed the melon raised bed. At first we thought it a loss. But I picked it up, cut it open with my pocket knife, and found one of the sweetest, most beautifully ripe, cantaloupes I have ever eaten.

janetschaeffer
7/27/2014 1:57:55 PM

I have a question, My mom use to tell me about A melon that they grew in Michigan when she lived there it was called a muskmelon, has any One else ever heared of them?


robyn dolan
9/1/2010 9:28:32 AM

LOL! I only WISH I had those problems in my garden. Oh yeah, what garden?! Well, the greenhouse is well on it's way, so there's hope for winter greens and a head start on next year's garden...


nebraska dave
8/27/2010 2:03:54 PM

@Andrew, yes nature does have her surprises doesn’t she. After all I expect melons were growing on their own a long time before man decided to cultivate them. I’ve had those surprises with my cucumbers this year. I keep searching through the vertical growing vines to get the cukes before they grow into monsters but always on occasion I find a surprise cucumber as big as an overgrown Zucchini. Imagine my surprise when I came home from a two week trip to find the monster cukes had taken over their patch of the garden. I had to get the weed wacker out to get things back under control. Next year there will be no more cucumbers by the tomatoes. I spent the first half of the summer keeping the cucumber tendrils away from the tomatoes and the second half of the summer I’ve had to spend time keeping the tomato vines away from the cucumbers. I expected the cucumbers to climb up the trellis I made and reach the eight foot top way before the tomatoes. Imagine my surprise when the tomatoes won the climb. The cukes stalled out at about 7 feet and the tomatoes are still climbing toward the sky. Those Rutgers tomatoes are one tough tomato. I told all the neighbors to attack the harvest while I was gone but they were just too polite. It was true test for the watering system and it worked great. I guess I will declare phase one completed and write a final blog entry about the project for this year. Next year will come a fountain and fish in the large tank. Have a great day.


s.m.r. saia
8/25/2010 7:22:04 AM

Ah, yes I HAVE had those experiences, and they are always miraculous and encouraging. Whenever I'm stressing about whether or not seeds will germinate, or plants will take, I think back on those moments and remember that for the most part, these plants don't need me. That looks like a great melon!