Garden 10
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I think this is the year 2000. It shows a row of canteloupe in the side garden. From rear to front, there is the side of the house, a row of canteloupe, a row of edamame (immature), my sprinkler tripod, a chainlink fence, and then the fire hydrant. To the right of the house, is the backyard, with the rear garden in it. You can see another sprinkler tripod there.

I pull back a bit for a more comprehensive view. Note the sweet corn comes into view on the right.

Now I move in closer. Foreground left, cantaloupes. Foreground right, edamame, early growth. Visible behind the edamame is a small compost pile. Visible to the left of that, is my handmade sprinkler tripod, made from about $5.00 US worth of furring strips (1 by 2 lumber) and $3.00 worth of steel and stainless steel fasteners. The bottom of tripod (the feet) was treated with Cuprinol. Behind the sprinkler, from left to right, are one or two 20 foot by 6 foot compost piles (6 by 1.8 meters). They are not visible in this photo. But you can see the cherry tomato plants, then a row of edamame (mature growth), and then another 6 foot by 20 foot cantaloupe bed. Note the yellow flowers. Next is my trellis, with the twine removed. This is 6 feet high and 24 feet (7.3 meters) long. Further right, sweet corn, mature plants in the back, 8-inch (20 cm), l young plants in front . These 4 rows (2 double-rows) of sweet corn are each about 20 feet long. Visible in front of the trellis is the small compost pile I mentioned earlier.

Different angle.

Another view of the rear garden . Still year 2000? From left to right tomatoes, edamame, canteloupe (6 foot by 20 foot bed). This is a closer view of the the rear garden that you can see in the photo above.

Closer still.

Closeup on the melon patch. You can see 4 melons cozying up to each other. Three have reached about full size, and have turned beige, and one behind them, to the left of the middle-melon, that is smaller and is still dark green (with light-colored stripes). Do you see it? It looks like a roundish zucchini squash. Yes, melons and squashes are fairly closely related. And zucchini squashes are the same species as many pumpkins and squashes. Most people don't realize it, but zucchini are basicly immature pumpkins.

Check out the "baby" watermelon in the foreground. Eventually this grew into a 15 to 25 pound (7 to 11 kg) round melon. This is in a 6 or 7 foot wide by 20 foot long melon bed. Out of that be I got about 20 watermelons, each weighing 15 to 25 pounds. Note that watermelon leaves are sectioned. Cantaloupe leaves look more like squash and pumpkin leaves. Those watermelon plants grew incredibly fast, taking control of territory and soil and greedily sucking up soil nutrients at breakneck speed - breakneck speed for a plant.

Below is a closeup of my cherry tomato plants. You can see a couple of nearly ripe fruits. The fruits that I couldn't eat right away, I froze. You don't need to steam them first. In the winter, I took them from the freezer as needed and thawed them, and made tomato sauce. They were very very sweet, and the sauce didn't need any added sugar.

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