Today JB discovered a mystery fruit growing where the beans, cucumbers, and sunflowers are growing. Neither of us remember planting anything else there. We do have acorn squash growing everywhere throughout the yard, because we had a rotten (but organic) squash last winter which JB tossed into the garden, bypassing any compost bin. But this is not squash.
We compost everything. It is a point of pride for us that all is recycled in the garden. In fact, over the years we believe we have added a good five inches of compost soil to the backyard. Each spring we put the compost all over the garden, complete with a heady earthy mulchy smell, spreading out the previous year’s leftovers. Of course, if the compost doesn’t heat up enough, seeds from fruits and vegetables are still viable.
And viable these were indeed. I must admit that we are pretty glad the compost didn’t heat up enough because —yum! Surprise melons! Yes, it’s true we were a little too anxious to taste the melon. It should have been left on the vine a bit longer once discovered behind the sunflowers, entwined with beans, cucumbers, and those persistent morning glories. It could have sweetened up just a bit with a few more days in the sun. But who could resist?
How delicious anyway. Melons take a lot of water and we certainly had that this summer. And melons love hot sun and we definitely had our share of heat too. Acidic soil is also a boon. We’ll let the others grow a bit more including the five or six very small ones we discovered, growing on the bean strings near the roof of the garage.
According to Islamic “midrash” (or “hadith”), the prophet Mohammed said of melons, “Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every disease.”*
You just never know what will come out of the rot, the detritus, and the forgotten. Perhaps a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies.
*Foods of the Prophet by G.M. Chishti
(JB took the photo below.)