Muskmelonageddon

I’m starting to wonder what to do about this situation.  Overly healthy and productive cantaloupe plants.

I planted two vines under a single trellis (which now I realize is not large enough to adequately suspend said vines).  The vines are spilling everywhere and running amok in the garden.

And not only that, they are chock-full of developing melons.  I count at least ten infant melons, which means that there are at least twice that number I am not able to see among the leaves.

I’ve decided to try to sling the melon using old t-shirts that I’m going to cut up and tie around the trellis. I’m just hoping the trellis can manage to hold up under the weight.  Any little wind and I’m afraid the whole thing will end up on the ground.  I might try to tie the trellis off somehow to avoid disaster, like roping down a tent.

We’ve had an incredibly wet year.  Yesterday Kansas City was hammered by intense storms.  I had a foot of water in my basement (which means a foot of water probably fell over the garden as well), and my power was out all day.  I haven’t watered the garden in a couple weeks now because there has been no need.  I’ve been wanting to feed it, but can’t.  I guess it’s not really something I should be overly concerned about with all this rain.

The plants sure seem to be drinking it up, though.  The tomatoes are suddenly popping out everywhere on both the hybrid and heirloom plants.  The beans are bean-o-riffic, the watermelon has suddenly decided to go nuts, and the squash and zucchini … sigh … they have competing claims for taking up the most real estate in my back yard.

The storms blew over one of the squash plants, which bummed me out … but I tied it back up so hopefully it’ll be ok.  I went ahead and planted some more lettuce and corn last week too.  It may be a little too late for the corn, but I’m hoping it will produce by September.

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