Stimulating growth, one seed at a time
Are these fresh melons from your garden? I think next year I'll grown some!--Randy
They are! The larger green one is a Mickeylee watermelon. It's only two pounds - they can get two to three times as large. But the vine was withering, the melon wasn't getting any larger and I was a'feared of the possums getting it, so I picked it. The muskmelon is an Earligold, and I don't know that they get much larger than a pound; it looks and smells plenty ripe. Both are container varieties. (How's that for "Wordless"? Ha!)
No words are needed! I can't believe it. Where are you gardening, what kind of soil do you have and how do you do it. I have had success in other years but everything is a bust this year.
I'm gardening in my North Central Austin backyard (just north of 183, between Mopac and I-35), in drip-irrigated containers filled with Hill Country Garden Soil and fertilized monthly with Lady Bug 8-2-4. If it's any consolation, the watermelon was so mealy as to be inedible; I wouldn't plant Mickeylee again. But the Earligold was juicy, firm-fleshed and sweet. Next year the melons are going into raised beds.
In a container- Amazing. The mealy nature of the watermelon may be becasue of our extreme temps. My pomegranates are the same.
Luckily, the mealy watermelon rind is making a swell pillbug trap this morning, helping to spare my cucumber seedlings.