Spotted: South Philly redefines the term hanging garden

This episode of Spotted comes courtesy of a South Philly resident by the name of Foamydog. Like that friendly neighborhood tipster, if you see something, say something – in an email to

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but cold weather is just around the corner. While that might send a chill down your spine, it shouldn’t stop you from squeezing out every last bit of goodness from your amazing backyard gardens. Case in point:

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At least nine squash hang from this cable line! (Photo: Foamydog)

One gardener on the 1500 block of S. Watts St. let nature take its course and allowed their squash grow on the cable and phone lines.

A nearby neighbor, who asked to be recognized as Foamydog, recently snapped this pic. “I have seen tomatoes and peppers growing in sidewalk cracks, but this is the best,” said Foamydog. “Squash hanging from the cable and phone lines. Talk about small space gardening.”

We hope this gardener has a sturdy ladder and heavy duty gloves when it comes time to harvest.  Actually, they may soon be able to simply reach out of either corner window and pluck the squash that way, should the warmer weather hold out a little longer. Either way, just be careful, alright guys? Here’s a wide shot of the impressive vine. 

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It just keeps going up and up! (Photo: Foamydog)

How do you prepare your glorious backyard, rooftop or cable line garden for the winter? How about wacky, er, creative  ways to get the most out of your South Philly green space? Share you tips in the comments below and help your neighbors be ready for next spring.

4 thoughts on “Spotted: South Philly redefines the term hanging garden

  • October 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    cool idea! It looks like it actually might be luffa though

  • October 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Um, horrible idea. And don’t be pissed when your friendly neighborhood utility company cuts that all down since it’s growing on their property.

    • October 31, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Utility cuts down Squash? Remember we are talking about Comcast and Verizon. What do you do, follow the prompts and press # or * to have them come out to remove veggies growing on your wires?

    • October 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I have never seen Verizon/Comcast preform any sort of maintenance on the lines – even when tree limbs are hanging on them. Think the veggies are safe.

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