We started ours from seeds, that a sweet friend sent us, in a hot bed- then transplanted them into small mounds. These mounds were made of compost, worm castings, horse manure & sandy soil we gathered from the creekside. As we do with all newly transplanted 'babies' we watered the plants for a few days until it rained. After that Mom fertilized a couple of times with compost & comfrey tea (learn about comfrey on our Herb DVD), then we got busy with preserving & canning & just let 'em grow!
They did amazingly well for the small amount of care we gave them, we were quite surprised at how big these melons grew! We still have a few melons ripening in the garden & are excited about growing a bigger patch next year! As the summer garden starts to fade we dream & make plans for the next one. Below are a couple of resources on gardening that we love & refer to often for inspiration & encouragement. They're for sell on Amazon & by purchasing through this link you can help us earn a small percentage (the same goes for the books we love on the sidebar) so thanks!
We love this DVD & while we don't use wood chips (yet) we do abide by the principal of covering the soil. You will be inspired, blessed & encouraged after watching this!
This book is about gardening in small spaces & utilizing every inch of growing space- we've always loved this book & really got to put it into practice this season in our tiny garden!
This one's the biggest!
Orangeglo watermelon seeds are pale with black on the sides.
This melon was perfectly ripe, the cracks are from the soil being a bit too dry, that did not affect the taste which was awesome!!!
Orangeglo was a hit with our little friend Ella!
She was intent on getting all the goodness out of each piece!
Spittin' out the seeds!
This is what Ella did when I asked her to smile!!!!
The dogs are always underfoot when we cut open a melon, knowing they'll get some too, even if it's just the rind, they love it!
We are so thankful to you, our dear readers, for the prayers, words of encouragement & support! We are looking forward to see what the Lord has for us next down the road...