Garden thieves have stolen a total of 3 cantaloupes: 1 was outside the fence, the other two were inside the fence. There are 2 more fruits growing, but I doubt they’ll remain long enough to ripen fully. The upside to all this is that a hungry belly in need of a sweet delicious cantaloupe got what it deserved. Other good news: there were a handful of tomatoes and 3 more cucumbers ripe for the picking. Morning glories are also flowering along the fence, providing a little bit of color, though the vines still do look a bit sad and undernourished. Pinto bean vines are starting to produce as well and may provide enough dry beans for a bowl of chili. I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking.
Though not intended to be an urban gardening project, Wind is becoming an example of the possibilities of edible landscaping designed for a minimum of input and upkeep. Beyond the initial labor of preparing the land and planting, bi-weekly watering with monthly light feeding is all that has been necessary to produce vigorously growing plants.
To prepare the land, shallow ditches no deeper than 10″ were dug along the fence. These were filled with organic gardening soil purchased at a regional hardware store. Seeds were planted directly or grown indoors and planted as seedlings. Most seeds were sourced from previous years of planting and saved from plants growing along the sidewalks of NYC. As soon as the plants became established, mulch purchased at a regional hardware store was spread around the plants to retain moisture and regulate temperature.