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Always a Challenge

October 19th, 2011

Growing melons is a challenge here in the north where the summers are usually too cool for them. That hasn’t stopped me from planting a few each year, though I never seem to get a watermelon bigger than a tennis ball.

This year, I planted some Rainbow Sherbet Watermelons from Renee’s Garden. Most of the vines got choked out by weeds when were on vacation. I did find the one above watermelon when I was pulling tall weeds. One vine, however was planted in an heavily mulched area and didn’t have much competition. The boys from the farm pointed out that it had a nice little melon on it when we got home. I harvested it two weeks ago.

I was wondering which color it would be when I cut it open since the seed pack contained three different varieties of melon (one of the great benefits of buying seeds from Renee’s). When I cut it open, it was a beautiful golden yellow, which means it was a ‘Yellow Doll’ watermelon.

It was nice and sweet, small, and provided two perfectly sized servings. Someday, when I have a much larger garden, I want to experiment with growing melons in low tunnels (like the ones I use to overwinter crops). The farmer’s at the market tell me that’s the way to do it here in our area. They have also recommended a few varieties of heirloom melons that do better in cooler climates. That’s one great thing about shopping at the local farmer’s market, they’re more than willing to give you advice on what to grow and how to grow it best in your area. The local farmer’s market can be a wealth of information for the home gardener!

Where do you find the best gardening advice for your particular area?

Lurking in the Shadows

August 15th, 2009

I’ve been admiring the size of the watermelon vines I have planted in the biggest pot you’ve ever seen on my back patio area. The vines are starting to overtake everything else growing in the post around them.
Last week I noticed a small melon lurking in the shadows. I’m hoping the weather warms up enough for it to ripen. I put it up on a black plastic flower pot, I’ve heard that helps with ripening.
This is my first year growing watermelons, I saw them at the greenhouse and I figured for $1.15 I’d see how they grew in my gardens.

Anyone have any great tips for growing melons or do you just enjoy eating the ones someone else grows?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.