Friday, July 23, 2010

Photo Fridays: Melons

I haven't posted in a while because I have been out of town.  The garden changed some while I was gone.  Ed pulled out more plants which had succumbed to the mid-summer heat, then planted buckwheat, our summer cover crop.

The melon and cucumber plants keep rolling along, apparently loving every minute of 90+ degree weather.  We have the cucumbers growing up a trellis, but the melon plants are just sprawling all over the place.  They are at the top of the garden, near the fence, and they keep trying to escape by growing up and through the fence.

If you look carefully, you can see the melons hiding underneath the leaves (center and right side of photo).

This melon is almost fully ripe.

We're growing only one melon variety, Ambrosia, because it is the best-tasting melon we have ever had.  It has a wonderful floral aroma when it is fully ripe and the flesh is sweet with a lot of flavor.  I don't know if I could eat one of those watery grocery store cantaloupes again.

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. I wish I had sprawling melons in my garden. Sprawling anything, really. So far I've gotten a handful of peas before the plants all dried up, and some onions. And then I had a few cherry tomatoes trying to get ripe, but my toddler picked them all off and smashed them when I wasn't looking. Sigh. Can I just come and live with you?

  2. Hi Susan! If you're willing to weed, come on over! The big trade-off is the humidity. I just about melted when I walked off the plane on Monday after being in that lovely high desert air all week.
    Hope you get some rain there soon.