The hot topics of discussion about our garden this week have been the merrily-growing pumpkins and the lone watermelon.
The pumpkins – now apparently joined by another pair of fruits – have been growing at a phenomenal rate. Just compare these:
As you recall, the pumpkin vines, while started from a pot, have spread out over a rather wide area – part of which was a compost heap. Earlier today, I noticed some rather thick roots growing from the vine into the compost heap, which probably explains why the fruits are so plentiful (seven, now!) and fast-growing.
In sad comparison is the little watermelon:
The watermelon plant also originates from a big container, but I don’t think the vines have taken root outside of the pot like the pumpkin vines have. So the plant currently sports just the one fruit. I also read that watermelon plants have deep seeking roots, so I am not expecting a large fruit from this plant, unless it somehow escapes the confines of the pot and takes root in the garden.
Lessons from this: Good organic soil and giving the plants space to grow are important if you want to have healthy, fruitful plants. I don’t always follow my own advice, so expect to hear this again in a future post!