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A new way to grow watermelons

Published 12:00am Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Growing watermelons is not unusual but growing them on a fence in a bag is.

Sandra Martin who lives on Wildwood Drive in Troy has a good size garden in her backyard. She grows tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, pineapples and watermelon. She said the vines to the watermelon starting growing up her fence onto her neighbor's side. Pat Anderson who is her neighbor saw what was happening and decided the watermelon's needed some support so he found a green bag to put them in.

"I knew that they would not survive if they kept hanging on the fence," Anderson said. "So I found some bags and put the melon's inside them and then attached the bags to the fence. They have been growing ever since."

Anderson said the support was needed to keep the watermelons growing and he thought the bags might work.

The garden is the first one Martin said she has had at this house because she and her family have recently moved so they weren't sure what would happen.

The two neighbor's have a great relationship.

"We don't have that kind of neighbor relationship where we try to block out one another," Martin said. "My husband and two kids have really enjoyed living next to the Anderson family."

Anderson said he had seen some strange things in his life before but never a watermelon growing on a fence and in a bag.

The two families hope the watermelons gets big and they hope they can enjoy eating all three that are in the bags.

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