I’ve always been an urban farmer!


I was interested in growing things as long as I can remember.  I grew up in Chicago and our yard was small, small, small.  chicago-skyline-v-23504972

In fact when my husband (who grew up in Iowa) first saw my yard he wondered why we even bothered spending time in it!

But that didn’t stop me, and one time when I was a teenager I decided it would be fun to plant watermelons.  My mom said it was ok and I recruited my then boyfriend into helping out.  We tilled up a strip of the yard on the east side of the lawn, right against the cement walkway.  It would be neat and tidy and we would have lots of tasty, juicy watermelons in late summer – rightwatermelon-19677142???


We babied our little seedlings, hoeing away weeds in the humid Chicago summer sun, with bandannas tied around our heads, like the hippies we were.

Oh how those watermelon plants grew! They grew and grew and grew and grew.  They grew to the west and took over the entire lawn.  They GRABBED onto everything in their path!  They even grew into the crabby neighbor lady’s yard.  That caused quite a stir but since she was always complaining about something we paid her no mind.???????????????????????????????????????

                                                     Finally we got a melon.

Yes, you read that right – a single solitary melon!  I don’t even remember if it was outstandingly good or not.  (The fact that I don’t remember is a clue to its lack of awesomeness).  It was an unforgettably fun experience though.  The old boyfriend recently passed away.  I hope the memory of our watermelon garden brought a smile to his face from time to time as it still does mine.

I still have never had much luck with watermelons or melons of any kind.

Fast forward many years later, in Iowa, husband and I planted some cantaloupe seeds.  We got one perfect melon.  It was not ripe yet but we were waiting patiently.  It was a bit larger than a softball.  Our sweet little granddaughter was following us around the yard one afternoon. She liked to help pick the cherry tomatoes.  We turned our backs for a second and next thing she was happily toddling up to us, arms outstretched with her ‘gift’ proudly offered. Our perfect – but not yet ripe – melon!

We had a good laugh about that and still do.

Even when your gardening efforts do not work out to feed your body, they still manage to feed your soul


I think I may try planting melons again this year.  What do you think?



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 14:59:14

    okay you are now up to 4 followers.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. slcriger
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 13:43:11

    great blog….love it



  3. pobept
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 13:38:00

    mellons are great, but, they do require a lot of vine space to produce a good crop at harvest time.



  4. Nancy
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 23:19:30

    Great Blog. Very attractive layout. Where dp you do it?



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