When Things DON’T Work Out as Planned

After the great poisoning incident last year, I’ve been gardening in fabric containers. For the most part, it’s working out extremely well.


This photo shows just one of my tomatoes and my green beans.


And here’s my first bean harvest, taken the same night the photo was taken. It may not look like much, but rarely, even when my beans are in the ground, do I get enough to make a meal (well, a side dish) for myself like this. So I was quite pleased.

What hasn’t worked out?


After hearing everyone and his brother rave about cucamelons, or mouse melons, these are the pathetic plants that I have. Clearly nothing will come of them. And I had good seed and they are in the same spot as the tomatoes and beans so it’s not as if they’re in a bad spot (I know they like warmth!)

I didn’t start them too early–I know the dangers of starting plants too early only to have them languish in cold wet soil. I waited until I started my beans. And yet, you see the results.

Oh well, live and learn.

4 thoughts on “When Things DON’T Work Out as Planned

  1. Delia August 17, 2018 / 9:43 am

    What do you expect with something called a cucamelon. Sounds like Frankenfood.

    The plants look great — really pretty. But I like plantain weeds, so I may not be a judge.

  2. gardendaze August 17, 2018 / 10:24 am

    It’s okay to like plantain. Supposedly it’s great for poison ivy. The leaf contains a gel that’s supposed to be soothing. Luckily I haven’t had to test that out–but at least we know that so called “weeds” can be useful.

    And I agree about the cucamelon sounding like a frankinfood. Who knows? If it had grown, maybe I wouldn’t even have liked the taste!


  3. tonytomeo August 18, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Are melons and cucumbers not good enough? Well, I suppose you will not be able to make that determination this year; but now you got me wondering. I do not try new things such as this, but it is fun to hear about the experiences of others.

  4. gardendaze August 18, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    You forget, Tony–I live in the frozen north. Melons are hard for us here without exceptional machinations like stuff to warm the soil–& even then, when it’s snowing in April and cold into late June, sometimes that’s not enough.

    As for cukes, we have to use floating row covers to defeat the vining problems caused by the squash bugs–& then hand pollinate the blossoms. Far too much work for me!


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