Back in April, after all the rest of the garden had been planted, neighbor, Jacqie (my partner in gardening) planted one more section. On a whim, he bought three kinds of watermelon and one cantaloupe plant and put them directly into bags of garden soil.
The place where the melons were planted is full of gravel, weeds and grass. To give the melons a better change of surviving the landscape… and the lawnmower, we covered the ground with a layer of burlap.
A roll of inexpensive, foot-high wire fencing served as a way to tack down the burlap. It also helped us contain the vines. As they got closer to the edges, we aimed the leading stems away from the fencing.
During May, we had so much rain… 14 inches in four days, 4.5 inches in one day and hard rain every day for three weeks. The excessive rain caused any number of plant issues, and the melons were no exception.
Smaller melons turned black and shriveled up from the rain.
The too wet conditions caused the larger melons to split on the vine.
The watermelons were limping along, but the cantaloupes did fairly well. Jacqie was able to pick the first ripe cantaloupe this week. It was small… about four inches in diameter.
It may have been small, but it was pretty to look at and smelled great!
We picked a second cantaloupe today. It was a little larger… about six inches.
We learn something from everything we plant even if it does not do well. We may not try watermelons again, but cantaloupes are on the planting list for the fall.