Plants That Keep On Going

I think the heat has sapped any intelligent gardening thoughts clean out of my head. Or maybe it’s that there isn’t much exciting/blog-worthy happening in the Demonstration Garden right now. In fact, I really wasn’t expecting to see much in the garden this morning other than scorched plants that are waiting for cooler weather, like we all are. However, there were a couple of surprises!

Last Monday we were bemoaning the loss of one of our not-yet-ripe cantaloupes. Today I saw that a new one had gotten started completely unnoticed! I knew the plant was still flowering, but I didn’t think it was really going to set any more melons on the small vines. (Even though, really, we have 4-5 plants growing, since we didn’t thin them out. Each plant should have at least one melon.) The ‘Honey Bun’ cantaloupe definitely wins an award for thriving in the heat, and in a small area too!

And then there was this little guy. I’m not positive that this tiny melon is actually thoroughly pollinated and going to make it, but so far so good. Yet another sign that cantaloupe really do love hot weather! Notice the nice green leaves with no sign of scorch. Quite impressive.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 9, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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