Last year’s melons were suspended in the air, each wrapped in pantyhose hammocks hung from the bamboo trellis. This year, they’ll stay on the ground, slightly elevated on improvised hosiery trampolines. Six wicker baskets cost a dollar at the Habitat Re-Store down the street, and the queen size hose are less than two bucks. Family […]
From short, anxious runners wrangled from the edges of a 3×5 ft raised bed back in May, to scores of tenacious tendrils gripping a homemade bamboo trellis, one flower that took to paintbrush IVF turned out delicious.
The melon above sat on the ground just long enough for something to bore a pencil sized hole into the outer rind. Now suspended, hopefully that’ll be the last visitor until havest.
This is the Trellis Summer. Sun gold tomatoes at home and in our classroom bed find bambooed support culled from an invasion in the school’s wildlife habitat fit for a family of pandas. Ladders of hemp twine scale vertical bamboo cuts, which (so far) supply enough structure for the bite-sized alkaline orbs. But it’s the honeydew […]
Twice as many melons swell on the vine this summer, and they need support before the all-you-can-eat buffet opens for insects on the ground. Click here to see last year’s crop, and stay tuned for a new and improved hosiery hammock/trampoline design…
Back from a week surfing, the honeydew now commandeer back door steps and hand rails.
This afternoon I walked to school to check on our class vegetable bed and take some photos along the way. During the school year, the morning walk takes between ten and fifteen minutes. Avian neighbors’ songs become familiar, as do annual changes in foliage, and the comfortable smells of breakfast.
Hopefully one of these guys pollinated the honeydew plants this morning.