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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 23, 2011 5:50 PM CST
So I posted somewhere (but can't guarantee it was on ATP) that last winter, I buried my kitchen scraps in the beds I had dug between my trees. I mulched over those beds this spring with wood chips from when a neighbor had some trees taken down, and that kept the weeds to a minimum.

I was really shocked to come home from a couple weeks away on busines, and see MELON VINES growing on top the mulch in the bed between the trees. They were blooming, and there were some tiny fruit there, so I figured I'd watch and wait.

Tonight, I picked two fresh, ripe, fragrant canteloupe from next to my young magnolia. They're sitting in the kitchen, waiting for me to come down from this euphoric high. The last time I tried to grow canteloupe (key word might be *tried*), I wound up with a softball sized fruit. Sure, it tasted good, but it was only ONE fruit, and that was as big as it got.

This year, I didn't plant any fruits/veggies, and I have 2 decent sized melons in the kitchen, another canteloupe on the vine, and at least one honeydew (I think it's a 'dew) growing out there as well. All I did was bury my compost bucket in the plant bed. Rolling on the floor laughing


Let's hear it for the joys of benign neglect! Hurray!



(and let's hope the holes I saw in one melon don't go all the way through it)
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KyWoods
Aug 23, 2011 5:53 PM CST
LOL Congrats on the great surprise!!
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gardengus
Aug 23, 2011 6:49 PM CST
That is sooo...cool a compost garden Smiling
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 23, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Thanks! Big Grin


The smaller of the 2 looks PERFECT.

The one that looks normal grocery store canteloupe size (but not Athena size).... Thumbs down

Wish I hadn't forgotten they were out there. I checked them Sat, and they didn't seem quite ready. Probably should have picked them anyway.

Here's the larger one.
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I'm assuming I can cut out the bad part and eat the rest of it.
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 23, 2011 6:57 PM CST
Eat away & enjoy! Hurray! What a plesant surprise.
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Aug 23, 2011 7:21 PM CST
Looks nice and ripe, and yep, why not cut off the bad part and eat the rest!
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dave
Aug 23, 2011 7:31 PM CST

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That looks like a welcomed sight, lovely, fresh and I can imagine the fragrance that came out of that melon when you opened it up. I Lovey dubby cantaloupe!
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HollyAnnS
Aug 23, 2011 9:09 PM CST
What a nice surprise. I tip my hat to you. I always have some kind of volunteer pumpkin, squash or other type of vine growing around the edge of my compost pile.
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Shelly
Aug 23, 2011 10:36 PM CST
Oh I hope it was wonderful! The pictures look so juicy and perfect!
"Let's hear it for the joys of benign neglect! Hurray! " I had to LOL. Many times, that is the best way! Big Grin
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Gymgirl
Aug 24, 2011 8:35 AM CST
I gotta get me one 'a them big-earred mice....

Er, congrats on the harvest! That's the BEST kind of gardening!

No work, and all reward!
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM CST
Gymgirl said:I gotta get me one 'a them big-earred mice....

Er, congrats on the harvest! That's the BEST kind of gardening!

No work, and all reward!


No big-eared mice in this house -- I have greyhounds Hilarious! (who were remarkably uninterested in the brown rat that found its way into mt house last fall)

I'm thinking I need to check out your cubits! Smiling
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Gymgirl
Aug 24, 2011 5:45 PM CST
Gardengus's BIG-EARRED MOUSE! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Ridesredmule
Aug 24, 2011 6:15 PM CST
Cut off the bad and eat the good. At least you would get a taste. I love the pair of little dogs and the big earred Mouse. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Aug 24, 2011 7:06 PM CST
When I worked at a pet store, I learned that those big-earred mice can jump up to 30 feet!!
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 24, 2011 7:12 PM CST
Ridesredmule said:Cut off the bad and eat the good. At least you would get a taste. I love the pair of little dogs and the big earred Mouse. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


That's exactly what I did... can't remember the last time mushmelon tasted so sweet and juicy....
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LindaTX8
Aug 24, 2011 7:20 PM CST
Yummy just to look at it!
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woofie
Aug 24, 2011 10:30 PM CST
Big Grin The melon....or the big eared mouse? Hilarious! (which I understand is a chinchilla? Cute little rascal!)
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Aug 25, 2011 3:50 AM CST
woofie said: Big Grin The melon....or the big eared mouse? Hilarious! (which I understand is a chinchilla? Cute little rascal!)


Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 25, 2011 5:17 AM CST
Are you saving the seeds for next year?
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Aug 25, 2011 6:05 AM CST
nah... they all went in the compost bucket. Didn't even think about it.

I figure this fall, just before thanksgiving, I'm going to buy my favorite fruits/veggies and just bury them in the ground where I want them to grow next year. Rolling on the floor laughing


(not really, but it's tempting. Lord knows, none of the fruit/veggies I plant on purpose survive or thrive)
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