Garden Update and Cantaloupe Question

Garden Update and Cantaloupe Question

First, I’ll start with my cantaloupe question. Here we are near the middle of September and just *now* my cantaloupe have budded. The cantaloupes (and good God do I have a TON of them!) are maybe just a bit bigger than a tennis ball. I live in Indiana and it has already been a very chilly summer and I suspect the temperatures are only going to decrease well below normal as we edge our way into autumn. How long do cantaloupe take to get from the size of a tennis ball to their normal size? I really don’t think they will make it before the first frost/snow, but I’ll try.

They are so cute! LOL

This was a great experience for my first time gardening. I think I have about 1 more harvest left on my green bean plants. I can’t even begin to say how many delicious green beans I have eaten this summer! Also, my beefsteaks are now ripe! :) I picked 5 yesterday and noticed a bunch of little green ones that just budded. Wonderful! I have 4 or so big green ones that will ripen soon, which is good because it gives me time to eat the beefsteaks I picked yesterday! I also picked a new ripe one off the vine today and just ate it right then and there while I was weeding. LOL What a cool experience and they are the *best* tomatoes I have ever tasted. :) I should have taken the picture of the one we had last night with supper. It was absolutely picture perfect. Beautifully red, no blemishes, dents, or bruises, gorgeous green leaves on top, no ugly marks, and perfectly round!

Also, my cherry tomato plant sprouted very late, but it has *tons* of little green cherry tomatoes on it. I guess it won’t take too long for those to ripen! Good, because I love cherry tomatoes! My cherry tomato plant surprised me, too. I was so sad that it never germinated and sprouted out of the ground. One day, I walk out in my garden to check on things (after about a week of leaving it alone) and there is a cherry tomato plant smiling at me! :Well, if it could have, it would have been smiling at least. :)

I already ate all my peas and radishes (which were both incredibly delicious). No pumpkin this year (they never came in) and no strawberries, green peppers, lettuce, or watermelon, but I did pick some carrots yesterday! They were so sweet and tasty, but small. I also found out that I don’t like mesclun. I also harvested my kohl rabi yesterday, so I am excited to see what that tastes like!

What a nice harvest for my first time gardening and I still have more to go! :)

Plant ID!

Plant ID!

They said it couldn’t be done!

They said it couldn’t be done!

For those of you in more wintry realms missing the vibrant colors of summer

For those of you in more wintry realms missing the vibrant colors of summer

Crocuses!

Crocuses!

pole bean contraption

pole bean contraption

Tulips again

Tulips again