I wasn't sure any of these sweet potato slips or the three volunteer cantaloupe plants would even make it in this God-awful heat. Not only did they survive, but they are thriving! Look at the cantaloupe on these vines! There are fifteen (15!) of these babies on the vines, just this size and a lot more little ones waiting to grow. It's amazing!
There's a ton of little ones out there too! Don't ask me yet what I'm going to *do* with all these melons that will likely be ready at the same time! I suspect some of my friends will have a cantaloupe mysteriously appear on their doorstep! I also envision cantaloupe ice cream, cantaloupe bread, maybe cantaloupe preserves... :-)
And I've never grown sweet potatoes before so I wasn't sure what to expect. But the plants are gorgeous! The foliage is purple and green with very large leaves.
The potatoes should be ready to harvest 90-100 days after planting, which puts the harvest date around mid September. I can't wait for that! And I sure wish I could get a glimpse of what's going on underground in this bed! Oh well, that's part of the fun of gardening...the waiting, the anticipating and the joy of the harvest!