Oh, My Watermelons! A Melon Patch to be Proud of…
I took a few pictures of my melon patch over the last several months to give you an idea on how it has progressed over the summer.
Here’s one I took just before July 4th weekend. The plant on the upper left is a Crimson Sweet watermelon…and, the plant on the upper right is a Jubilee watermelon. The plant in the lower center is a Hearts of Gold cantaloupe.
This is truly a patch in its infancy! It doesn’t look like it will create any melons, does it?
Showing Some Promise, Now!
A month later, I took a few more pictures.
The plants are starting to take hold and thrive!
You can see that the vines are beginning to spread out more rapidly and some of the watermelons are starting to form. All I could think of at this point was…CAN’T WAIT !!!
Labor Day Weekend Update!
Now, the last true summer holiday is here. And, I thought I’d take a few pictures to show you how much more the patch has grown and spread out!
This picture looks like Kudzu out of control! But, actually, it is my melon patch. In it are just two watermelon plants and one cantaloupe plant…and all their vines intertwined and spreading…taking over my backyard!
That’s right! That’s all! Just three…count them…three total melon plants in the entire patch! Now you understand why, in my page on growing watermelons, I stress dedicating a plot outside the regular garden to grow melons!
It’s like a hidden object game trying to discover the melons in the patch! Arrows are pointing out some hard-to-see melons in the pictures above.
And, there are about a dozen melons growing so far throughout the melon patch! That doesn’t include the ones that are hiding too well for me to see. As big as some of them are getting, 20 to 25 pounds, the melons are still very expert at hiding in plain sight!
Matter of fact, here’s the nice big, juicy one I’m going to pick today.
I chose this watermelon because:
- It was heavier than the other similar sized ones.
- The bottom had turned mostly dark yellow.
- The spoon leaf (A short leaf that grows at the point where the watermelon stem attaches to the vine.) has dried up, turned brown, and fallen off.
- The tendril connected to the melon at the stem/vine interface has dried and turned brown.
- The watermelon stem that attaches to the vine is just beginning to dry out.
- And, I gave it a good thumping and got a very hollow sound.
All the Key Indicators of Ripeness Have Been Satisfied.
So, I got out a pair of trusty garden shears, my Gonicc 8″ Pro Pruning Shears, cut off the melon, and headed for the kitchen to refrigerate it. I wanted it to be cold…cold…cold…for tomorrow’s picnic!
Once I took a bite out of that Crimson Sweet, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! There just isn’t anything better than that!
Watermelons and Memories…
Every time I eat a fresh, sweet, homegrown watermelon, it brings back memories about when I was a youngster helping my father in our backyard garden watermelon patch.
I remember one summer morning, I discovered several half-eaten watermelons in the patch. I talked with a few of my neighborhood buddies and found out that several neer-do-well kids from down the street had bragged about sneaking into our garden in the middle of the night and helping themselves to a few of our ripest and sweetest watermelons.
My father had an idea! He put a sign in the garden that read:
We figured that would scare off the young rascals that were freeloading off our watermelon patch!
For about a week, there were no more watermelons missing or chewed on.
Then, one morning, after assuring ourselves that no watermelons had been stolen or eaten during the night, we saw another sign sitting next to our WARNING sign.
Apparently, the watermelon bandits decided to make their own sign which read:
Smart kids, huh?
How’s your watermelon patch this year? I would like to hear about it! Comment below or email me some pictures: firstname.lastname@example.org.