I’ll keep that in mind. I did pick up some cardboard boxes from our local farm store co-op today. They get deliveries from local farms on Wednesday afternoons and are only open Wednesday afternoons and evenings and Thursday mornings. I was able to get some good sturdy cardboard when I went to pick up my milk today. They aren’t huge boxes, but they’ll help, and they won’t be in a dumpster.If you have a buy nothing, or freecycle, or next door neighbor network, post on it that you are looking for large cardboard. Around here, electric bikes are getting more common. Those RAD bike boxes are tough and big. Stores and food banks can also be a good source of cardboard boxes.
I bought a package of orange and purple zinnia seed for $1.49 seven years ago. We have enjoyed them ever since, often letting them reseed. I have some yellow ones now, too, from a free seed pack I received this year. I don’t give a lot of space to flowers, but I love having some in the garden. The butterflies and hummingbirds and bees enjoy it, too.Very nice. It's cool seeing those trellises fill out. And we have the same purple zinnias. I grew a lot of them because my wife loves cut flowers.
I’ve never tried growing cantaloupe, though I grew up eating them out of my mom’s garden, and I agree there is no comparison. We’ve grown Sugar Baby the past couple of years because I had an old packet of seeds. This year we decided to go for a larger variety, Crimson Sweet, that is recommended for this area. I only have two plants that were seeded in mid June once I finished harvesting the potatoes so there is no fruit set that I have seen, but we are having flowers.Do you grow any melons or cantaloupe? I have never tasted a store-bought cantaloupe that came close to what a good homegrown one tastes like. The flavor is much more intense.