You heard it here first.

Well, sorta.  Remember 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 that he didn’t care if it was shown).

 Well, he made it onto ABC News yesterday.  Twenty full-sized melons growing in the front yard…and a spot on the evening news.  Yes, he did have much better luck with his watermelons than I did.

Happy Gardening!!

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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!!!