I went to Tractor Supply Company and asked the manager if they had any pallets I could have to do a garden project. They asked me how many I needed and not wanting to ask for too many I said only 4. At the time I was thinking I’d make a single composting bin but later realized that a 3 bin composting setup would be better. Now with 4 pallets from TSC – I needed to get some more. So I called HEB and spoke to a manager. This ended up being even easier as they were willing to give me some pallets and even offered to leave them on the loading dock for me to just drive over and pick up!
I already had some leftover 16 gauge wire along with some extra exterior wood screws and now with my free pallets I was ready to build a simple 3 section composting bin.
I started growing cantaloupes, honeydew and watermelon in my back and knew I’d need a trellis if I didn’t want them to just grow all over the place! So I sectioned them off with a slightly raised bed and made a cattle panel arch trellis which worked well! You can see the video here. I have a 6′ tall privacy fence around my backyard and decided to experiment with using that unused space and the fence as a trellis. I had some cantaloupe seeds and grew them in small cups and once they were large enough I put them in a small garden bed along the fence line.
June 15th, 2020 They are growing fast. The middle plant is cantaloupe.
June 26th, 2020 Cantaloupe vines expanding fast – almost time to string them up.
July 12th, 2020 Vines have been lifted and tied up with garden twine up on the fence and they have taken off growing rapidly.
July 18th, 2020 Found a cantaloupe growing hidden in the space between the post and the fence picket! Going to have to move it before it is completely stuck!
July 27th, 2020 Pulled the vine back a little so it had more room to grow in front of the fence post and supporting the fruit with hose tied to the bolts.
August 11th, 2020 Color change – and time to harvest!
August 12th, 2020 Clean cut and eat! The lighting in my kitchen area is not the best for a photo but we sure enjoyed this cantaloupe.