This is a buttercup squash I planted so it could use the dead palm petioles(leaves that froze last winter) as a trellis. It only gets about 1/2 to 1/3 of a day of sun, but luckily, squash plants don't need full sun. Buttercup squash is the absolute best; baked, it has a bright orange, dry, very non-stringy flesh, perfect with lots of butter or EV olive oil.
Another view of the buttercup squash. Look closely near the center of the pic, near the living palm petioles. I have a little friend standing guard over my squash. Here's a closeup:
She is a common garden spider, or orb weaving spider, Argiope aurantia
I also have some plastic snakes and some of the rope snakes. I stick a piece of wire in the head end, so they can be hung in the tree.
These figs are ready!
Here's my yellow pear tomato, still setting fruit in the 95+ deg F Dallas heat.
Plum tree yard trash mulch.
I have staked the plum, not by the main trunk, but by several side branches. The side branches are pulled down to about a 45 deg angle, because that's what stimulates them to set fruiting spurs. Also, the trunk is not held too rigidly, and can move with the wind, and thus toughen up for the day when all stakes are removed. (I mow my grass once a month, whether it needs it or not!)