Watching different plants growing in the garden over the last couple of months makes me realize that I never really knew how things grew. Fruits and vegetables just showed up in the produce section at the grocery store and that was that. Sure, I knew the basics. Apples come from trees. Blueberries come from bushes. Melons are grown on vines. But I couldn't tell you what it looked like to watch something go from a tiny seed to actual food. Watching the stages each plant goes through is fascinating to me, and I think that's part of the reason I really love growing things.
A cantaloupe starts out as a little swell at the base of the female flower.
Then the flower dries up, leaving just a tiny, green, fuzzy cantaloupe.
The cantaloupe then begins to grow bigger and loses the fuzz but remains green.
Then some of the thick, bristly netting that you see on the cantaloupes in the grocery store starts to appear.