Saturday, April 20, 2019
Showing the Crazy
Yesterday, I also did the craziest thing I've done in the garden in ages. While purchasing the straw at a local garden center, I couldn't resist the swan call of these two plants, a Crimson Sweet Watermelon, photo at left, and the Ball 2076 muskmelon pictured below.
Normally, I plant these from seed sometime in June, but they begged me incessantly to take them home. I checked the 10 day forecast, saw no nighttime temperatures below 42ºF, and so decided that this year, if by some miracle they survived, I might be able to beat the local markets for homegrown melons and thus not be too late to gain Mrs. ProfessorRoush's admiration and gratitude. Previously, by the time my seed grown melons are ripe, she has already bought several at the local markets and is sick of them, leaving me dejected and without praise.
Some of the straw went to mulch the garden all around the melons; at least the ground around them will stay nice and moist and cool all summer and I'll be able to avoid weeding among the vines. If I'm lucky, the straw will also make it harder for the rabbits to find these melons.
My Red Peach is a bright beacon in the back of the garden, a standout in the evening sun. Alas, last year in a storm, I lost the red peach tree in front of the house, pictured in the link, but this one is doing just fine.