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Monday, September 24, 2007

Bye Bye Melons

My Cantaloupe up and died! I have no clue what happened. As you can see from the disturbing picture below, there were still plenty of them left on the vine, but almost overnight the vine turned brown and the melons stopped growing.So, I pulled up all the dead Cantaloupe vines along with the no-so-dead-but-tastes-like-crap Watermelon and threw it out. The picture below is my attempt to piece together the sod that I removed from the new gardens in the front. For some reason this reminds me of that scene from the movie The Silence of the Lambs where the guy had sown together sections of skin from all his victims. YIKES!

Yes, I've been wasting lots of water, watering this strip of grass like crazy. I have no clue what I'm doing, but I figured it was worth a shot.

I still have tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, basil and oregano left but as I'll try to transplant sod as I go as long as it looks alive.


  1. I wonder what happened to the cantaloupe. I had to smile when I saw the lawn back where the cantaloupe had been.

    You have not had any frost from the looks of it ...

    I was just reading about your new flowerbeds. Good work there!

  2. Oh, I hate it when stuff like this happens! Did you get any cantaloupes from it, or did it die off before you got any?

    Very vivid imagery there re: Silence of the Lambs. That was a SCARY movie!

  3. It could have been a virus, but I'm thinking that they've run their course. It's the end of September and they should be pretty much done.

    Your resodding should do very well as long as you water it - just don't water-log it.

    You don't seem like a Jamie Gumm at all (the guy who made the "skin suit".)

  4. hi kate - we havnt had any frost yet. thanks for the positive words about the new beds!

    colleen - i did get several cantaloupes before they died. They were the best cantaloupes i've ever tasted!

    alyssa - maybe it was a virus. nothing else was really effected so who knows. i dont know what i expected for things to do when they are "done" but this was not it. if this transplanting sod works, i am thinking i'll do this all over my backyard in the spots where i killed the grass by leaving the debris from the new beds on it too long.

  5. I like to come here to your blog....I know you will make me smile, maybe even laugh out loud. :-)

  6. My melons (both canteloupe and watermelon) did the same thing this year, even before yours did. We got a few, which were delicious, but I wanted MORE!