August Watermelon Update

| August 30, 2012 | 6 Replies

August Watermelon Update – Well, it’s been a lot longer than the 73 days marked on the seedlings tag to get ripe watermelons, in fact, only five have been removed from the vines, either by me, or two by a thief. It began to look like my watermelon exercise was a bust. Alas, my neighbor, C.L., observed that I might not be watering enough. So, for the last week, I’ve watered every day whether the ground was wet or dry. Today, I counted more than a dozen new blooms! Blooms are only about an inch in diameter.

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Watermelon blossom with ants

There were three melons growing together on this one vine.

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Watermelon vines covered in bird netting

Remember the odd-shaped one from the earlier post, “Watermelon, Watering & Bugs?” This is how it looks today. It’s filling out!

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Odd-shaped watermelon

I removed some of the vines that I had stepped on one too many times, and with the additional watering, and continuing hot, sunny weather, I may have a few good melons to savor after all! I’ll bring you another watermelon update soon. Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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Category: Flowers, Fruit, Warm Season

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  1. I regret not planting at least one or two watermelons. Next year, it will be high priority!

  2. flamidwyfe says:

    I love how refreshing watermelon is on a hot day! Lots of them in the store here right now!

  3. Lois says:

    Congratulations! They must be very challenging to grow!

    • Both my grandmothers grew melons, and they relied on rain. It doesn’t rain here from April till November, and we have June gloom till noon half the time. Melons need 8 hours of sun per day, and we have that about half the time. – Kaye

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