This year, I was running behind in sowing my garden, so I slapped some dirt in several buckets and large flower pots, then went through all my old (some that were really old) seeds and randomly chose something to plant. So into one bucket went about ten squash (of numerous varieties) seeds. Into another bucket went watermelon plants from some volunteers in the backyard. Then I toted the buckets around to a sunny spot, spread some feed sacks on the ground to cut back the weeds and left them to percolate. Or sprout.
It looks like the yellow crookneck squash, or squarsh as folks used to call it, won out. I can't believe how many squash are growing on these plants, in this one little bitty bucket! I'll be picking several in the next few days. In a normal year, this whole bucket thing might not work for these vining plants, but it's been a wet year and they've really thrived.
Next to the squash, I peeked amongst the watermelon vines and found several little golf ball size melons hiding.