This morning, after searching high and low for another baby pumpkin and coming up with nothing, I decided to distract myself and turn my attention to my watermelon.
On June 7th, I planted 2 hills of 5 Sugar Baby watermelon seeds in one of the longest beds in the garden so the vines would have plenty of room to spread.
I chose Sugar Baby because the vines are compact and the watermelons are only 6-10 pounds when ripe. I didn’t want the fruit to be much heavier than that because like the pumpkins, I wanted to grow them on a trellis.
So Bruce and I cranked out another A frame trellis for my Sugar Babies.
All of the seeds germinated in about a week and were a couple of inches high before I knew it! The worst thing about planting 5 seeds in each hill is having to pull up 3 of them! All of the seedlings looked so healthy, which made thinning them even more difficult.
That unhappy task finished, I looked forward to the happier task of training the vines of the 4 plants that remained up onto the trellis.
And weaving those vines in and out of the trellis was just what I was doing this morning to get my mind off those pumpkins (or lack thereof!) when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this:
I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had been so earnest in my search for the Great Pumpkin that I hadn’t noticed that the Great Watermelon was already rising out of the watermelon patch!
Upon closer inspection, I found several more hanging down inside the A frame, just like they were supposed to! What good watermelons! I even found one that was sitting on the dirt up against the base of the trellis. Since it had no where to grow, I decided to pick it and ran inside to see how much it weighed!
My darling 1.344 pound Sugar Baby! I’m so proud!
So proud (and downright ecstatic) in fact that I asked Laura to come take a picture of me with the first one I spotted hanging on the vine:
I guess it’s time to start thinking about making some slings that will hold 6-10 pounds.