Has anyone in this forum ever suspended container-grown melons by using netting or pantyhose? I cannot recall where, but I read about suspending Miniature Melons by using nets to keep melons from laying on the ground. This is my first year at this and I could use some sage advice.
You can do it with either netting or pantyhose, whichever appeals to you the most. I've done it with netting and hoisted them to my scarecrow, who is decidedly female. When I wasn't paying attention the vines scrambled over to the mesh netting used to keep the crows out of the vegetable garden and away from the tomatoes and they grew on top of the mesh.
Pirl...I LOVE your scarecrow! And yes, she is decidedly female. Do scarecrow really work? I was city-born-and-bred and have only associated scarecrows with the Wizard of Oz. Being kinda 21st century geeky, I have suspended a series of DVD disks glued back-to-back in and around my garden to deter the birds.. The itty bittiest breeze causes them to rotate with bright flashes of color and light. I've been told that birds think they are the large eyes from birds of prey, like owls. The gambit appears appears to be working. The Mockingbirds, Sparrows, and Blackbirds have glided within 3' over the garden, but none of landed yet. If they do, I might ask for some scarecrow advice.
Now, back to your prompt response; thanks! I'm going to try the netting first and see how it works. My packet of Minnesota Midget Cantaloupes arrived today. After they germinate, I plan to settle them in for one of our hot but humid Savannah summers. Sultry. Wish me well.
Where is Southold? My first 40+ years was lived in metro NYC and later Upstate NY.
Have a God-blessed day, and be well.
Thanks, Mrdonald! She looks fancier now, not that it scares the birds no matter how she's dressed. Our next door neighbor also has a vegetable garden and she uses the CDs but they probably annoy me more than the birds! We put the mesh covering over copper pipes for the entire side where the tomatoes grow and that did keep them out but then, this past winter, after a heavy wet snow we came home to see the weight of the snow on the mesh had bent all the copper piping so it will have to be replaced.
Do melons typically grow well in your area? Either the mesh or nylons would work - it depends on your garden decorating style. I had a clear (about 4") netting covering the scarecrow with the hope the melons would cling to it but instead they grew up to the mesh and would have been too heavy to allow them to stay there. I will try again!
We battle the birds from the air and the deer from the ground.
Southold is way out on Long Island's North Fork. We're only 14 miles from the tip of the island. Not exactly the end of the world but you can see it from here. The entire North Fork is filled with vineyards, farms, nurseries and beautiful scenery. We love it.
My husband and I were both born and raised in Queens - part of the NYC Metro area.
Melons indeed grow here and are succulent and sweet. Last year we had a bumper crop of Crimson Sweet watermelons, the neighbors raved over them. They were grown from a container and the far-reaching vines curled all the way around the house! So a repeat performance is already in the works, and will also include cantaloupe. Since these are dwarf cantaloupe they should not pose a weight problem, I guess. Like I said, this is my first year planting cants. Fortunately, this area of Savannah does not have a deer problem, it might be our proximity to the sea. But do wish I had a remedy for the pissy cats who use my soil as a litter box. I've got lot's flowers growing, so maybe that will mask the odor.
You folks live in a gorgeous area of the island. Twenty years ago I would drive out to the Point to enjoy the marvelous fishing, salt air, and seascapes. Fortunately, relocating to Savannah did not delete those enjoyments, although I get teased about my New Yawk accent...but if they could hear how their slow southern accents sound in my ears. Actually, I rather enjoy the sound, now. LOL
Question, is that tall blonde scarecrow a drag queen? Or a Dolly Parton impersonator? She's got it goin' on. Smile. I hope you gave her a name.
I'll keep you folks in the loop regarding my progress. Thanks for your guidance Pirl. Give my regards to your neighbors.
I've decided to build a scarecrow too just for the whimsy and have found instruction ideas on the web. I am so glad that you invited me to see Adelaide and her girlfriends. Mine will be decidely male. He might even be modeled after my brother Zack (in picture), so he'll be "colored", with a sliderule in one hand, and fully suited... Haa Haaa Haaaa!!! How the heck will I pull that off?!!! Mister the Scarecrow's gonna have a high bar to clear. Be sure to tell Adelaide that you know of this southern gent named Mister that's gonna send his regards before the summer is past, and after I give him a mouth. Big Laugh.
Clothes always come from thrift shops and generally she doesn't wear anything that matches. The dress was an exception and I have enjoyed it as it flutters in the breeze and tells me which way the wind is blowing.
She has no legs or feet so how you'll accomplish that is purely your own ingenuity. You could put the slide rule in his pocket or let him wear it instead of a tie. Please post photos as you go about creating him.
Maybe the day will come when we can get Adelaide to meet the new Zack!
A Thrift shop suit for Mister Scarecrow! Excellent input. Thank you. He must have legs though Pirl. What's a woman without a dress, and what's man without trousers? I cannot imagine Mister with only a head, arms, trunk, with no legs. Just ask your husband.
I plan to use a styrofoam head used to display ladies wigs, pull pantyhose over it, paint on a face with paint that won't dissolve the foam, and pin on a hat. I'll create the head first as my muse. The cool part will be changing his head gear occasionally. I LOVE hats...it's kind of a southern thing.
This is gonna be a hoot! I can already imagine the neighborhood kids gathering near to see Mister up close. Pictures will be posted through the creative process. Good idea.
A sudden thought. This thread started asking suggestions for hanging melons. Makes me wonder if there is a forum on scarecrows. But, no time to check right now... I've gottago...it's time to hit a thrift shop or two.
I just saw this thread - Pirl, your scarecrow lady is fabulous - i really like her varying attire!
MrDonald1 - if you have not constructed your gentleman yet, may I suggest 2 things:
head of styrofoam - could have fabric pieces glued to it in its entirety, and then add items as you wish for the facial features. I did this once with a fancy tone-on-tone brocade & used leather "leaf" shapes as hair. Hard to explain correctly, but it worked well & held up, too.
legs - rolled chicken wire covered with an old sheet for the legs - flexible for positioning the legs, and sturdy/substantive enough to give support.
Now i may make 1 more suggestion: use fancy bras from the thrift store for "melon" support! Of course, that could draw some choice comments, especially if placed discreetly near your gentleman...
Thank you Katye! I greatly appreciate your suggestion. Lately, I had been very ill and so my scarecrow project has been waiting for my full recovery, although Mister resents being referred to as one of my projects. After receiving an antibiotic and some TLC, I have started mending. And I so agree with you about Adelaide! Scarecrow hardly fits her description. She, is a Lady. Laughter.
Hi Pirl! I miss hearing your pearls of wisdom and saintly humor (yeah, right). Pirl, is it possible to get food poisoning or ingest E-Coli bacteria while harvesting from the home garden?Last year I remember hearing about E-Coli outbreaks from supermarket Tomatoes, Spinach, and Lettuce. These three are used raw in salads.
For about 10 days I was in pain, dizzy, vomiting, and diarrhea. I had the blues without the music. No joy in Mudville.. It's good to feel normal again. Regards to your husband, neighbor, and of course, The Lady, Adelaide:
Glad to hear you're on the mend, MrDonald. Please update with your progress on the Mister.
Pirl - if you would be so kind to post any further shots you have of Adelaide - she's definitely got style!
Now if i could come up with a great design that resolved my Rabbit issues. Scarecrow with large snakehead?