Posts Tagged canteloupe

it’s too hot to garden

This post will be short and sweet.  Nothing new happening in my garden besides the melons.  I keep thinking one of the 4 honey dews will be ready any day now, but not quite.  Everything is looking kind of wilted and depressed.  That’s probably because it’s 102 degrees as I type this, and nothing can flourish in that type of heat.  I don’t blame the plants…I don’t want to be out there either.  It’s brutal.  Which is why I haven’t spent much time in the garden lately, and I think my plants are sad 😦  I’m just glad they’re hanging in, hopefully they can make it another 6 weeks until it starts to cool off.  I think I’ll give them some water later…maybe that will perk them up.

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melons everywhere!

 

here it is, my very first cantaloupe of the season

So my melon plants are turning out to be the big surprise success of the season.  They are truly a surprise since I didn’t plant any of them – they all came up from seed.  I have 2 plants in seperate parts of the garden that I let go when I saw them pop up, and they are flourishing.  One is a cantaloupe, and I’m not sure what variety the other is.  I should be finding out very soon since there are at least 4 big melons on it right now.  The cantaloupe has about the same, and I’ve already picked 2.  

i ate the melon this week...didn't turn out to be as sweet as I hoped, but still tasty.

 I wrote earlier in the season about how there was a vicious clawed creature going into my garden and ripping the baby melons from the plants (the horror!).  Turns out the mystery animal stealing my melons was none other than our dog Kenji.  Joey caught him red-handed over the weekend with 2 melons, and just yesterday I left him alone for 5 minutes and came back to find a baby melon still attached to the vine in the middle of the yard.  He is on a close watch now. 

Kenji, the vicious melon eating dog

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oh, sad garden

I typically think a blog without a picture is not worthy, but I sadly have no worthy pictures to share.  My garden is in poor shape…partly because of the ridiculously hot June we had, and partly because of my lack of weed pulling.  And now we’re having an unseasonably cool (low to mid 90’s) and wet July, so the weeds are going crazy while the plants look pathetic.  I say that, but I do have several melon vines that are going crazy.  I’ve counted 4 melons on them, one of which I think will be ready this weekend.  So exciting – my first melon!  I actually had 2 others that were viciously ripped from the vines by an unknown clawed creature.  I don’t want to take a picture until after it’s been picked and is safely in my house, for I fear taking a picture and officially declaring it will somehow call to the clawed creature that likes to steal melons from my yard and it will disappear.  So I’m keeping it on the DL, and so far it’s working.

The birds have been eating almost as many garden fresh tomatoes as I have, but I did manage to salvage 3 black krim heirlooms.  They are so pretty, and all but one of now been gobbled up (tasty).  I’ve made 2 batches of marinara with my tomatoes so far, and I think that’s all I’ll get until fall.  Not bad considering the weather we’ve had.  (Going to post my marinara recipe soon, but turns out I don’t really have a recipe and make it up every time, so it’s a little tricky to document).

So there you go, that’s my pictureless garden update for now.

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flowers, flowers everywhere, but not a veggie to pick

 Week 3
It’s been perfect veggie growing weather at my house.  Not much rain unfortunately, but low to mid 80s for the past week and my plants are loving it!  So far everything is looking nice and healthy – no diseases or bugs that I can see.  Here’s the pics for the week – I’ll let them do the talking.
The tomato zone, week 3. Lots of growth this week, and lots of little tomatoes popping up.

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