Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

It’s the Great Watermelon, Charlie Brown

July 16th, 2012

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. :)

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  • Marian Burke says on: July 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

     

    Wow Tricia! these are growing so well. Did the ‘Sugar Baby’ taste as good as it looked? You really do have green fingers!! x

    • Patricia says on: July 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

       

      We are waiting to cut the baby Sugar Baby open until William gets home from his college orientation later today. I’m very curious to see what’s inside because I don’t think this little melon is ripe yet. I picked it now because it was wedged up against the base of the trellis with no where to grow!

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening