Hope and our Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon
We had excellent success growing watermelons this year. In fact, it was our best year ever. We got three the size of this beauty plus a big sugar baby. All were grown with seeds from Burpee. Had I dared the frost and planted in the beginning of May instead of June they would have been even bigger.
This beauty was grown at the south west end of the house end shed where the finisher pigs had bedded for the winter. The soil was rich, the orientation was full southern sun, as much as we get on the mountain, and the glazed roof of the shed trapped the heat. The overflowing spring waterer provided plenty of water for the plants. I poked holes. Hope poked seeds in. We never weeded. They fended for themselves, competing with the few weeds that came up in that area and the beets & turnips we had also planted there.
My resolve for next year is to plant every single week as soon as the soil is bare. I’ll waste some seeds but after watching the volunteer tomatoes, tomatillos, sunflowers, squash, pumpkins and other veggies I think that is the right way to go.
Update: About a week later we found an even bigger watermelon in the patch! Yowsa! A very good year for watermelons at Sugar Mountain Farm. Realize that normally we’re lucky to get one or two softball sized melons. Out on the plateau in the south field there was a large number of small fuzzy melons. I don’t know what they were. I don’t think they got to full ripeness but the pigs did enjoy them.
Outdoors: 78°F/41°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/67°F
What are you thinking?
Nothing said zero.
How odd one wondered.
We’ll get even declared two.
They tried said three.