Harvest Monday_August 23, 2010

Before we get to the Harvest Monday, who can guess what’s wrong with this picture?

This week I’ve had as much garden carnage as I’ve had garden harvest.  Those *%#$ing squirrels destroyed both of my sugarbaby watermelons I had in slings on the fence.

And you see that watermelon there on the fence?Nah, I guess you don’t.  A few days ago you would have seen a watermelon the size of a baseball.  Now all you see is the stem the wonderful squirrels left when they stole the baby watermelon.  Then they went after the last watermelon planted in the newest bed and put a hole in it.  (Tuna can for size perspective). When I cut it open it hadn’t ripened anyway.   So, this was not the year of the watermelon around these parts.

I hope my neighbor has better luck with his.  I was walking to the store and saw this.His whole front yard is filled with watermelon vines.  He said he was eating a slice of watermelon and decided to bury a few of the seeds.   Awesome.

Anybody guess what’s wrong with the picture on the seed packet yet?

Since one of my biggest muskmelons is on the ground, I got nervous that the squirrels would beat me to it and I went ahead and picked it.

It was just this side of ripe.  I’m sure a few more days would have made a difference.

Any guesses on the picture yet?  I’ll give you a hint.  There’s nothing wrong with the melons.  I planted melons, I grew melons.  And I am saving seeds.  There are tons of seeds in these melons.  So, if anybody’s interested, I’m happy to share.

I couldn’t find my camera batteries for a few days, so here’s a consolidated picture of my harvests for 8-16, 8-18 and 8-20.I’ve got four okra plants that are giving me plenty of okra for seasoning the greens.  The yard long beans that are left are being saved for seed for next year.  The Armenian cukes despite half the plants being infected with mildew and drying up are still eking out a cuke or two.  The second planting of beans and cukes are producing now.  8-20-10 I picked the last  squash for the season because I pulled the vines for the watermelons and the squash to clear a little space for lettuce or swiss chard or spinach. 

My daughter’s boyfriend thought it a little strange that I weighed my vegetables before they could be eaten, but all that good information went into the database and now I can say stuff like, “According to my 2010 Harvest Tally as of 08-22-10, I’ve harvested a minimum of 60 squash from three plants from 6-2-10 to 8-20-10 which weighed 419.1 ounces which converts to 26.19 pounds.”  Definitely a plant worth growing.

Harvested 8-22-10:  Pickling cukes, which I pickled; one brandywine, which I froze; 4 okra pods, which I froze; 1 bell pepper which had a little hole in it, which I trimmed and froze;  a few bush beans, which I froze; stevia leaves, which I’m drying; cherry tomatoes, which are sitting on the counter developing their scrumpdeliciousness.

Last hint.  Here’s my muskmelon/cantaloupe growing on the fence.

And the answer is…(drum roll, please)

…whoever staged the melons paired it with the wrong leaf.  The leaves on the seed packet are watermelon leaves.  You can tell by the serrations in the leaves.  Cantaloupe/muskmelon leaves are more rounded.

Did you catch the mistake? 

Enough with the plant quiz.  Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions  and check out what folks are harvesting from their gardens.

Happy Gardening!!!



  1. engineeredgarden said,

    August 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Oh gosh Cheryl, i’m so sorry for squirrel problem. I’d hate to have them mess with my melons. Nice harvest for the week!

    • August 23, 2010 at 9:22 am

      It absolutely sucked. What makes it worse is that it looks like they were almost over-ripe and I should have picked them before the little beasts got to them. I’m sure Jude does her part to help keep them away from your melons.

  2. August 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I didn’t catch the mistake, but that’s not half as bad as the NK seeds for impatiens that I paid $5 for and got 1 impatiens (there were supposed to be something like 500 seeds in the mix), two poppies and two unknown flowers that weren’t even close to an impatiens! One is three feet tall and has flowers that look like tiny black eyed Susans! These were all grown in the mini greenhouse, in flats, so no chance of any seeds being mixed up or contaminated….I didn’t even have flower seeds of any of those varieties.

    • August 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      That’s gotta hurt. I’d feel obligated to at least write to them and complain. $5 for seeds is a lot. I hope there wasn’t any shipping and handling involved.

  3. Daphne said,

    August 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    So sorry to see the destruction of your watermelons. I do hate squirrels. Mine left my garden alone until last week. Now they are eating the cukes. Ah well. At least I got a lot of them first.

    • August 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      I’m happy that you got a chance to eat some of your own cukes. They got the only other honeydew melon that set today (the first one is growing in the fence). I’m on my way out there to sprinkle cayenne pepper all over the yard.

  4. Heidi said,

    August 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That is so sad about the watermelons. Our problem is rats, but I’ve been able to prevent a lot of damage with an electric fence.

    • August 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      I’m glad you found a solution to your problem. The city puts out rat bait and I rarely see rats runing around, but the squirrels have enough sense to not eat it. If they weren’t such pests you’d have to admire how smart they can be. They still need to be wiped off the face of the earth though.

  5. Prairie Cat said,

    August 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

    My heart aches for your loss of melons! I can’t imagine going out to find that mess in my yard.

    I haven’t had a problem with squirrels yet, but my parents always did. The sneaky little buggers would constantly steal tomatoes. We would go out in the back yard and look up to see a few tomatoes sitting half eaten on top of a telephone pole.

    • August 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

      Thanks for the commiseration. I saw that they got another small honeydew melon the other day and there’s one more golf ball sized one that’s growing, but I doubt it will mature in time. we’ll just have to hope for better luck next year.

  6. September 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    […] when I was moaning and groaning about the squirrels destroying my watermelons and I mentioned my neighbor was growing watermelons in his front yard?   (I deleted his address in the prior post out of respect for his privacy, but he later told me […]

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