The ups and downs of growing melons
- I was so sad to find my lone watermelon had a big crack in it. I have heard that too much fertilizer can cause cracks in fruit and vegetables. That possibly was the problem. A few weeks ago I discovered some small black spots on a honey-dew so I placed it on a bed of straw. This morning I rolled it over to discover that the black spots had expanded and cracked. The third blow was a hole in a honey-dew on the ground that had teeth and scratch marks. Erggg! Squirrel!
I was beginning to feel that growing melons just might not be for me when I saw three new melons hanging from the vines! Maybe the best way is hanging? The squirrels can’t find them and they wont be sitting on dewy wet ground. I was so intrigued to see a black bee in my melon flowers. I haven’t seen this type of bee before. I usually see the yellow & black honey bee. It picked my spirits up to watch it. In the beneficial bug category I also have a tiny lizard in my sweet potatoes. He is usually green but today he was brown and I was happy to get a picture of him. Lizards eat aphids and bugs that eat plants, so it is great to have lizards in your garden. I used to jump when I saw them, but now I am used to them and finding the baby one means I just might have a family!
Even though sometimes growing things doesn’t turn out perfectly, I still love trying, finding new things and seeing nature happen in my garden.
This article and photos are by Melanie Ellsworth of Raised Urban Gardens.com. To see more from Melanie follow the link: