Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

40 years ago: Surprise melon patch grows on patio

September 28, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 28, 1971:

In a front-page photo, a crowd of toddlers and preschoolers were gathered around a fine 28-pound watermelon which they had unintentionally planted. The five grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nicolay, 711 Belle Meade, had been enjoying a watermelon on the backyard patio earlier in the summer. The watermelon feed had of course included the traditional spitting of seeds in every direction. The unexpected result was that some of the seeds had fallen into a crack and had begun to grow, resulting in a patch overtaking most of the patio. The two good-sized watermelons that resulted were going to be eaten by the Nicolays and their grandchildren before the first frost.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

That reminds me of something that happened quite a while back in my back yard out in western Kansas. In early spring, a small plant emerged that I had not planted. That year I was preparing the yard to plant some trees, and had no garden. I didn't know what it was, other than a vining plant, either a watermelon or cantaloupe, which I had grown the year before. Later it became obvious that it was a cantaloupe plant, and I got a few cantaloupes from it.

They were the very best cantaloupes I ever had!

pace 6 years, 8 months ago

My dads old duck pen bloomed into the best mixed garden we ever saw.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

The best tomatoes I ever ate were grown in what had been a pig pen for a few years before!

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