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April 13, 2009

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Donna Kinnaird

Get ready for the squirrels.

Holly Korbey

Hi, everyone! The following cantaloupe comment is from my friend Ethan. He sent it to me on Facebook, and it was so good, I decided to post it here. Enjoy!

HMK


So, check this out: I had a recollection from my childhood that might save the next batch O' melons.

Sometime during the '70s, while living in the wilds of Northern NJ, my father made himself a starter bed in his garden. He walled a small bed with plywood, about a foot high, and on top he placed two old windows.

They were wooden and had nice, heavy frames and wooden moulions down the middle. He even went a little bananas and put hinges on the back edge so he could open them and lean them back against the garage.
Knowing my Dad, these were probably from the curb on trash day, but my memory of such details fails me. He was an architect, so parts of houses came into and out of our lives on a fairly regular basis. Windows, lighting fixtures, it was uncatalog-able.

Anyhow, he'd start his seedlings in this little mini-greenhouse. It was about five feet wide and two or two and a half feet deep. They were safe from hungry birds and it would get nice and warm and humid in there. He could cheat the spacing a little closer, too, because as soon as the seedlings were looking strong enough, he'd transplant them to another, larger bed. Crafty, my Dad.

If my memory serves me, I think he continued the theme from time to time with heavy clear plastic (the kind people cover windows with in the winter) on additional beds when he had scads of seedlings to start, but I don't know how that would hold up to hungry jays.

If you wanted to go super dee-luxe you could even use an old French door. Swanky!

So, that's that. Maybe it could turn the cantaloupe tables for you.

Peace-
Ethan

Heather

Gosh, I don't even know if you remember me, but I had a blast reading through your blog this evening. I recently moved and have started a veggie garden. Mind you, I have NO idea what I'm doing other than dirt + seed + water = plants. We've put together some things that resemble garden beds. I've got my Jiffy starter pots a whirling. I've got bush green beans, snap peas, roma tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, some "gourmet mix" of lettuce, celery and a buttload of herbs sprouting up everywhere. I have no idea if I'm doing any of it right, but doggone it....let the adventure continue!!! Its kinda freaking me out that so many people are doing gardens this year. I casually mentioned it to several of my friends around here...and they're doing the same thing. No clue...but we're all clueless together. THANKS for the wonderful writing and I'll be keeping up with your garden and hopefully learning a little something here and there! FANTASTIC!!!!

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