Everyone knows that I have always taken pride in being one of the most prominent vertical gardeners over the past few years - especially when it comes to heavyweights such as melons and pumpkins. Well, this year is no different, and a total of 13 plants are currently growing.As can be expected, a few pitfalls always seem to happen along the way - mainly losing a melon or two, or even vines not performing as usual......This year, my grief began early - as it's never a good thing to walk out to the garden and notice something like this -
Yep, the watermelon fell out of it's slings, and broke the stem......Dangit! It was already about 5 pounds, too. I hate it when that happens.......Oh well, that'll teach me to not check the position of the knee highs every single evening....
The largest growing right now is a Moon and Stars that's reached about 10 lbs. already, and some rope and bird netting has already been put into place to keep the same thing from happening to it.
I noticed another small watermelon that was completely covered up with various sizes of leaf-footed bugs. When I see something this significant in the garden, it's time to abort normal hand-picking for pest control, and put the proverbial "Shock and Awe" campaign into action.....Yep, Spectracide concentrate is my choice.
However, sometimes the good guys show up and take care of things for ya... :)
Anyway, that's it for the melons right now.... :)