They started off slowly, not sure of what exactly was expected of them and not convinced any of it was worth the effort. Our experimental garden is an odd, sort of D shaped thing. We water regularly, using the gray water diversion system Joe engineered in our first very wet month here. We diverted the gray water to the garden, so every time we wash our hands, dishes or clothes, and every time we take a shower, our garden is watered. Waste not, want not....that was our theory.
About three weeks after we put our plants in the ground, I piled some old hay around all of my plants...old hay we'd knocked out of the 18 or so pallets we'd secured from a woman on Freecycle....she'd used the pallets to store hay for her horses, but was selling her farm and didn't need them any longer. We got so much hay out of those pallets that all the plants in my little garden were nicely mulched. And within a week those melons started to put out stems and tendrils, grabbing onto the lawn and the fence and never letting go!
Today we cut the first melon from her stem. It was an exciting moment....these melons had been grown from seeds we'd saved from a very delicious store-bought watermelon we'd had last summer. We really had no idea if our melon was ready or whether it would taste good at all. Still, there was only one way to find out. I cut the melon and we headed in to weigh her....
|First Melon Cut|
|Two melons, grown from seeds from the same melon |
but each with such different appearances
|A whopping 11.75 lb!|
|Judy takes the plunge|
|Sure LOOKS tasty!|
|Yummy...yummy...eating in the garden..|
right FROM the garden!
|OK...I'll take a nibble...|
|Phuey! You ate the GOOD part!|
|No WAY...I am NOT eating YOUR leftovers!|
|Where did you GO???????|