Jul 29

Lessons From the Cantaloupe

Last year we planted cantaloupe on the “pool” side of our yard.  The vines grew itsy, bitsy little melons, and our four kids just loved watering them.  With pool water.  Every day.  Sometimes twice a day.  The melons died.

This year my worm farmer made the brave attempt to grow more cantaloupe.  This time he planted them FAR away from the pool, in the garden planter attached to our latest Worm Grotto.  For some reason I wasn’t too sure these cantaloupe would survive – some sort of psychological trauma had occurred in the death of our previous melons that left me skeptical, at best. IMG_0140

As with most of the plants we grow nowadays, the Worm Grotto did its job well. In spite of my negative attitude (and the same four kids hovering with pool water at-the-ready) the vine grew big, beautiful leaves and gorgeous, plump melons.

Last week, my hubby brought in most of those melons for us to start eating.  Now, please don’t judge me too harshly: when he came walking through the door with his arms full of ripe cantaloupe, I realized that fruit comes in seasons.  You must understand that, although my dad dabbled in gardening when I was a child, I grew up in the era of the grocery store produce department.  For the most part, you can walk into a grocery store and pick up whatever type of fruit you want – summer, fall, spring and winter.  You might pay a price, but it’s pretty much all available – right?  But this year – and particularly with this harvest of cantaloupe – I’m realizing what gardening can really become.  And that I can feed IMG_0703my family healthfully according to the seasons, with such a better variety.  I’m sure this is old news to most people, but to me it’s fresh territory in my quest for healthy eating.

All epiphanies aside, these cantaloupe are delicious.  Juicy, sweet, and all made possible by my worm farmer’s ingenuity in inventing the Worm Grotto.  And also by his bravery in planting a crop known to fail in the hands of our children.

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