Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cantaloupe,Cucumbers, Apples, Corn And Soybeans: Iowa Has All Of Them

OK~ I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to gardening. How exciting this is- We have several cantaloupe in our garden, as well as several cucumbers (Surprise, Surprise, Surprise)!

The cool thing about this is that we did not plant any cucumbers until really, really late. They are trying to thrive on the opposite end of the garden. I was digging around last night to see how many cantaloupe we actually had. I was ecstatic when I found a load of cucumbers! So, I am assuming that the cucumbers that we planted last year decided to seed themselves. 

Ah yes, and the cantaloupe are flourishing like wild fire. Any tips on when they are ready to be picked from the garden would be appreciated. We did not have much luck with watermelon last year, so we thought we would try cantaloupe. 

And then there is the saga of our apple trees. They decided to bloom a few days before we had a killing frost in April. Therefore, ZERO apples this year!

The corn fields around us are really beginning to fire up. Here's one that I saw today. 

Rain would be very welcome here in North Iowa. Our area corn and soybean fields really need a few inches of water. Are you blessed with rain where you are?

On the bright side, the lawn mowers are idle. The money saved on gas for the mowers is sure to be sent to the power company. I'm trying not to complain about the excessive heat, as this body cannot stand the cold of winter. So, I'll kick back and savor the flavors from the garden and pray that the rains come soon! I actually have two young men wanting to mow the lawn, go figure! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. The tendril closest to the fruit will turn brown when the cantelope is ripe.

  2. I have harvested all of the peas, got tons of cucumbers (from 2 plants) and they are going wild, green beans like crazy.
    The corn needs some rain- our trees are losing leaves from the very top right now.

  3. I have no clue when to pick cantaloupe.

    I hope you all get some rain soon!

    We decided against planting a garden because we had to let it die last year (watering restrictions kept us from feeding it) and we didn't want a replay. But, we've had about 3 inches more than normal for the month of July. SO CRAZY!


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