Today on HGTVgardens Ask & Share Mallory shared thoughts on Watermelon. The mention of watermelon reminds me of the time my brother in law played a trick on me in the garden. Watermelons are easy to grow .. but not that easy! Below is an article I shared back in 2010.
YES…. ‘WHO is playing tricks on ME?!’ is what I said when I pulled the plastic make shift greenhouse cover off of my Mesclun salad mix seeds that I just planted a day ago. I couldn’t believe there were sprouts in such a short time. WELCOME SPRING!
WHO IS PLAYING TRICKS….. Could it be Mother Nature?
I am going to share a personal story about playing tricks on good ol‘ Bren! A few years back after moving to the country I was very nervous to go on vacation leaving behind my newly planted Veggie Garden. We had asked my Brother In Law if he could keep an eye on things around the house and garden while we were gone. I returned a week later to find in the middle of my newly planted Melon Patch a HUGE WATERMELON nestled in the vines filled with summer green leaves. WHAT???? How could this be? The plants had only been in the ground a few short weeks and there were only a few little blooms on the vine when I was last in the garden a week earlier? When I rushed over to pick the watermelon up under the fruit laid a Polaroid photo of my brother in law all smiles!
Here he is …. My ‘trickster’ Brother in Law all smiles. He truly did get me good but that store bought water melon was tasty!
I am the Seed Planting Fool this week! WOW…. I love these little 2″ terra cotta pots I am recycling from an old craft project. Hopefully we will have some Lavender sprouts in a few weeks.
Last night it got down to 44*in the unheated space I keep my starter kits. I am hoping to have my own greenhouse next year for planting. Here is the reading this morning after a night that got down to 22* outside. It looks like the taller basil / cilantro sprouts survived the night under the plastic as shown in the image on the top right. I was afraid to open the plastic for a photo for fear the warm air that was trapped under might escape!
I planted most of my herbs and perennials for this year and even got an old hosta root in a peat moss pot. This little starter was from Leo Berbee & Son. It was a give away at the Olfa Show I attended in Columbus last fall for Greenhouse Growers. Can’t wait to see if it will grow because it was one of those forgotten goodies that I found in the bottom of my garden tool tote. I also bought some onion bulbs and a bag of five RED HOT POKERS! I will have to wait till mid-April to get these in the ground. Remember – I am in zone 5B and we are not clear of hard frost yet this time of year.
Here is my little Betty Kitty waiting for me to come out and work in the garden this morning.
I hope you are Enjoying your first day of Spring as well.
Happy Gardening – Bren
This post is from my first blog at Mom IN Garden