Monday, August 18, 2008

Peace garden update

A big fat rain cloud swooped down from Montana early Friday morning and hung out over Denver for 2 straight days. The daytime high dropped into the 50s. You could almost hear the plants sigh with satisfaction and relief. For the first time ever, I might have something to be grateful to Focus on the Family for. Apparently God answered their prayers a little early. (Just kidding. I don't believe mean, stupid prayers get answered in the affirmative.)

Anyway, rain and lots of it, and we are very happy! Yesterday, the sun peeked through the clouds for a bit and I went out to pull weeds and look what I found! My first cantaloupe. As you can see, it's in a pot. Somebody told me that the plant wouldn't fruit in a pot. Surprise! (That's spearmint in the pot next to the cantaloupe. That's what I grew in the pot last year and when I started watering the same soil after I planted the cantaloupe seed--I know, I know I was supposed to change the potting soil--new spearmint came up.)

I also planted a cantaloupe in the ground in case the potted one didn't fruit. Guess we'll be eating lots of melon this fall. Though, sadly not watermelon. Vishnu dug up the watermelon seed and pooped in the dirt where it was planted.

Here's my pumpkin. I thought I took a picture of the flower when it was open and purty, but I guess I just did in my mind.

The heat and lack of rain led to late flowering here at my house, so we'll see what kind of pumpkins I get before frost. It has been known to snow in Denver in September, so....

8 comments:

Josephine Damian said...

Carleen, glad to see you're doing better and getting out and about.

nikki said...

that cantaloupe reminds me of that cute lil plant from 'little shop of horrors'. i'm saying, just make sure you protect yaself. i'd hate for you to end up like the dentist dude.

Shauna Roberts said...

Nice to see your plants so healthy and strong. My tomato plant is going strong and has produced about 10 pounds of tomatoes already. It appears to be aiming for quantity, not quality; they're not particularly flavorful.

Larramie said...

Everything is growing strong so please send the rain eastward now that you've been refreshed.

Carleen Brice said...

Thanks Josephine!

Nikki, LOL! It does look like the "FEED ME" plant!!

Shauna, I've not been impressed by my home-grown tomatoes either. Don't know what I'm doing wrong, but they haven't been especially sweet.

Larramie, I'm hanging onto this moisture as long as I can! We went 6-8 weeks without rain!

Lafreya said...

Hello,

I'm glad to see you're doing better as well!!! I planted sweet potatoes for my peace garden project and the vines are beautiful . I trained them to curl around a large wire arch.

Carleen Brice said...

Lafreya, I'd love to see a pic of the sweet potato vines!

Sustenance Scout said...

Wow sweet potato vines; sounds perfect for a peace garden. My girls got to pull radishes today! How fun is that! And yes those two days of rain were made to order. Aaaaaaah. :)