Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom
Originally uploaded by paynehollow.

Let's talk Spring and gardening.

I was out at a store this weekend and the sun was shining and the weather relatively warm and my thoughts turned to spring (although I know we're still a full two months away - global warming notwithstanding). I picked up a couple packages of sunflower seeds.

I got home and talked some with my daughter about what she'd like to plant and she knew right away what she wanted: Cantalopes. We've not had the best of luck with our melons and gourds, but I'm game for trying again.

Does anyone have suggestions on successful gourding/meloning?

One thought I had is that we have a walk-out deck on our upper floor and I was pondering putting some large pots out there and seeing how melons might do there. There's probably more sunlight there than down in the yard. Thoughts?

How about you, you gardeners? Are you already leafing through seedbooks, thinking about this year's gardening/farming? You wanna share your plans?


Michael Westmoreland-White said...

If I plant a garden, I'll be the one doing all the work. The girls like flower gardens and always resist when I want to plant a vegetable garden. I have very fond memories of my vegetable garden as a child--it took up half the back yard.

Marty said...

My mother-in-law and father-in-law always have quite tastey cantalopes and watermelon. I'll check with my husband this evening and get back to you. Could the type of soil have anything to do with it? They live about 50 miles from Austin, Texas.

Larry Who said...

My uncle had great melons. He planted them on the southwest corner of the corn field.

Erudite Redneck said...

Off topic, but I think you'll dig this story from yer general neck of the woods, Dan:

Dan Trabue said...

Thanks everyone. I'll check out that link, ER. Thanks.

Dan Trabue said...

The story ER cites - just down the road from us in Lexington - is about a "green" house:

The Swans are education professors at the university. The $575,000 price tag meant “calling in inheritances” and selling furniture.

But they ended up in the neighborhood they wanted, living in one of the most environmentally friendly houses anywhere.

The problem I have with this is the price tag: This house is "green" in more ways than one.

While I'm supportive of folk trying to live more lightly on our world, I'm not entirely sure the answer will come by spending more.

D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Yeah, ER...people like us will have to live in caves and stuff. While people like ALGORE continue riding in their private jets between vacation homes around the globe. guys go ahead and worship at the feet of "science"...just go right on ahead.

Erudite Redneck said...

Dad, you know who I worship. His name is Jesus, You should try it sometime.