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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 1:40am

Randall, I don't grow vine crops because I don't have room, but I remember as a child coming from farming families, that my grandmothers and aunts grew them near the barns where the manure was shovel out in a mighty heap. They had all kinds of squash, summer and winter, and melons of all kinds.

You might try bringing in a bag of composted steer manure and plant your seeds in hills of manure. No guarantee that my memory has any wisdom attached to it, but what the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 26, 2014 at 7:32am

I haven't had much luck with melons (cant. & water) in recent years. For one, seeds haven't germinated very well, and second, I get few melons, and third, the melons I do get are tiny. But, I keep trying. This year's plants look healthy and blooming like crazy. Come on bees, do your thing!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 23, 2014 at 3:13pm

Daniel, these watermelon roots don't need to be loosened-up before planting do they?  Anyone else feel free to express your opinion also.

I had one that had twice as many roots running around the edge of the pot that I loosened-up (roughed-up) and another that had twice as many that I didn't.  I'll see if I set-back the growth of the one I roughed-up or not.  

I think most plants (and especially watermelon) don't like their roots messed with when transplanting, unless they are very root-bound.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 23, 2014 at 7:35am

Patricia, your pictures sent me to Google in search of a small greenhouse. I discovered yours took a good deal of work and I guess I'm like Randall and will settle for warm weather gardening. :)  Thanks for sharing your pictures. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 23, 2014 at 6:21am

Patricia, your photos almost--and I do mean almost--inspire me to build a greenhouse. Alas, I'm too lazy. I'll just freeze my summertime veggies.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2014 at 11:02pm

Nice neighbors! Gifted husband! Lucky you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2014 at 10:20pm

Patricia, this is a real treasure! Did your husband build it for you? What a man! Your layout is so easy to maintain, and you have everything at just the right height. This should be in Sunset Magazine!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2014 at 7:41pm

Patricia, I very much like your greenhouse. It looks like a wood frame house with plastic as siding. Does that allow you to garden all winter? It looks so sturdy. Is it an add-on to your house, or a stand alone building? What kind of floor do you have?

A friend of mine in Buffalo, Wyoming, built a garage, and instead of siding, covered it with heavy greenhouse plastic. They have very harsh winters and they are able to grow some things all year long. The tender plants don't survive, but there are a lot of vegetables and fruits that can grow with protection such as their. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 22, 2014 at 6:09pm

Lots of good things to eat.  Nice.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 22, 2014 at 5:25pm

I'm jealous of your greenhouse patricia, and I think I see a nice looking pea plant.

 

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