2017 Canteloupe Plants
The summers in South Georgia are humid and hot. How hot? Well, you know it's August when you open the door to exit your home from a cozy room temperature and get slapped with a wall of air that just exited Hades. When the heat is on, the folks in the South find refuge by swimming in creeks, ponds, and if you're lucky, swimming pools. After plunging in the water, it seems like clock work when someone shows up with a big, juicy watermelon or a perfectly ripe canteloupe to share and bring the mental thermometer down a couple more degrees.
In the Summer of 2015, my Mother, Janis Luke Roberts, tasted a canteloupe that she claimed was the sweetest canteloupe she had in her entire life. She enjoyed it so much, that she removed the seeds, rinsed them, patted them dry with a paper towel, and set them aside for a week or so before storing them away in a Ziploc bag. The next Spring, Mama along with her beloved grandchildren, planted the seeds in seed starter containers. She watered and prayed over the canteloupe seeds daily. They sprouted and grew with her constant attention until they needed to be transplanted. She asked me if I would plant some in my small garden I had just tilled up, and I planted a couple rows of them.
I believe Mama was attempting to teach the grandchildren a lesson. It wasn't how to grow food, or you reap what you sow, rather if you have faith in a seed, you can move mountains. Later that spring my niece Lana, who was in Kindergarden, was lucky enough to be eating a fast food cheeseburger for lunch. Lana had learned about faith. Her teacher notice something awkward about the way she was eating her food. Mrs. Walker ask, "Lana, why are you picking all the seeds off of your bun?" She responded, "Because I'm going to go home and grow more cheeseburgers."
Janis Luke Roberts planted seeds all over this world that still are growing and flourishing. She went to her Heavenly Home to get everything ready for the rest of us in May of 2016. The canteloupes in my garden supplied our family with delicious canteloupe last summer, and I saved some of the seeds to plant again this year. The 2017 plants are the ones pictured in this blog. By the way, I tried to save the seeds from my jalepeño plants, and not one sprouted. So when I ask you, "What makes these canteloupes so sweet?" The answer is easy. My Mother's Faith.
Janis Luke Roberts