Boy, does Shamin Malik have a green thumb. She and her husband, Mansha Malik, grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables the front and backyards at their home on Lodi’s Eastside.
But they were surprised by how big one of their watermelons got. They took it down to the Big Kmart store on South Cherokee Lane, placed it on a scale, invested a quarter and discovered it weighed more than 37 pounds.
Shamin Malik, who moved to the United States from her native Pakistan in 1980, was tickled to death. They could hardly wait until sundown Sunday, when they could dig in and eat the extremely juicy watermelon. As practicing Muslims observing Ramadan, the Maliks fast from sunrise to sunset each day for a month, so they had to be patient about enjoying the melon.
The Maliks have some smaller watermelons as well, and their yards are full of other produce. Shamin Malik proudly displayed her garden of tomatoes, grapes, okra, bitter melon, oranges, crenshaw melons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, green beans, several kinds of peppers and even sugar cane.
“Whenever I can find a little spot, I throw a seed,” she said.
The couple has lived at their Eastside home for three years. Mansha Malik, also born in Pakistan, came to the United States in 2009. He works at Cottage Bakery, while Shamin Malik is a homemaker.
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