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'lopes and other bargains out there

My cantaloupes won't look anything like these luscious numbers in a farmers market in Oakland, CA, a few weeks ago. But I wasn't planning on growing them at all - till I saw a few on the bargain table at a garden center back in June for $1. Bought one, threw it in the ground and paid no attention till this week, when I saw a monster cantaloupe vine overtaking a bird bath, a large planter and some celery in the garden.

'lopes and other bargains out there

My cantaloupes won't look anything like these luscious numbers in a farmers market in Oakland, CA, a few weeks ago. But I wasn't planning on growing them at all - till I saw a few on the bargain table at a garden center back in June for $1. Bought one, threw it in the ground and paid no attention till this week, when I saw a monster cantaloupe vine overtaking a bird bath, a large planter and some celery in the garden.

Truth is, the weather's been so crummy this summer I've made few trips out there and only to pick whatever's ripe - and, of course, basil, which goes in or on everything at this time of year, including salad. So who knew what was happening in the far corner?

This weekend, if the hail or rain or whatever else we're supposed to get lets up, I just might look around for baby cantaloupes. Rumor has it the fig tree is loaded this year, too.

Mood-changer, coming right up.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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