The Melon Saga Continues…

Today was an exciting day in the Demonstration Garden! We not only finally did some of our fall planting (we’ll see how that goes for us in a couple weeks), but we got to harvest our sole, lonely watermelon.

After some deliberation, we decided that we should pick it, as it fits the standards for watermelon ripeness. The little tendril by the stem had turned brown and dry. (Can you see it? It’s there by the top of the melon.) There was also a yellow patch on the bottom. Or on the top rather, when you turn it over. Since it was the only melon, it was rather scary to pick it because if it wasn’t ripe, then we would be out of luck!

Happily, we were in luck! If anything, the watermelon was slightly over-ripe. It was sweet and juicy, and perfect for eating on a hot summer morning. As you can see, it was quite seedy, which we aren’t used to anymore with all the seedless watermelons in the grocery stores. Still, if you want to grow a watermelon and you don’t have much space, this is a fun melon to grow.

Family of 4 Garden Harvest

8 oz. cherry tomatoes @ $0.25/oz =$2.00

1.8 lbs. tomatoes @ $2.00/lb = $3.60

1 cucumber @ $0.75/each = $0.75

Weekly Total = $6.35

Yearly Total = $186.58

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 10, 2010, in Around the Garden, Family of 4 Garden, Harvesting & Eating and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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