Post last updated: December 31st, 2018
To thwart bugs, I have my two cantaloupes up on tuna cans. These are the very first cantaloupes I have grown since I began growing food in 2008.
The variety is unknown. The seeds came from a grocery store cantaloupe saved by my Dollar General friend. Everyone should have a Dollar General friend. Obviously, I met her in Dollar General in that casual way that you talk to strangers when in stores. This was back in March of 2011 and I like to think it turned out well for both of us. At the time, she lived about 10 minutes away but she has since moved clear across town so I don’t see her as much.
What surprised me the most about growing cantaloupes is that, although they are vining plants like watermelons, they don’t vine as much as watermelons. These two are growing among the vines in a 3 foot space. Watermelons, on the other hand, look at fresh ground and think it’s something to gobble up with wild abandon.
I hope I get to eat these before something else gets them. I dumped two bags of el cheapo cow manure at the edge of the garden yesterday and during the night something clawed its way into the bags. It’s just a matter of time before that something sniffs its way to the these cantaloupes on the other side of the garden.