I wanted to have this post up early this morning, but I became engaged in another Battle of the Bugs in my squash beds. I was the victor in this battle, but the war continues…
Our unusually hot, dry summer was frying my poor Everbearing Strawberries; the berries were just shriveling up on the stem. I laid down an extra thick layer of wood chips to help retain the moisture. And they’re back:
Now that is the way to show appreciation!
I thought I was planting a Sugar Baby Watermelon, but this does not look like one to me:
Regardless of the variety, I am relying on the old rule of thumb that watermelon signal when they are ready to be picked when the tendril dries and turns brown. Also the area resting on the ground usually changes from pale green or white to a dull beige. Based on that criteria, I believe I will be picking this watermelon within the week, two at the most. If you recognize this watermelon, please tell me what variety of you think I am growing.
The Great Pumpkin Shortage of ‘09, reaffirmed my decision to grown my own baking pumpkins. It also was a great reminder that, as a backyard gardener, I am not at the mercy of fluctuating market prices.I grow Small Sugar Pumpkins, and even though they are ready for harvest in about 100 days, that is pushing it with our short growing season. To buy the plants a little more time, I start seeds inside several weeks before our last frost.
I still do not have green beans, but at least I have flowers:
I am putting together a resource list of gardeners by zone and region. If you would like to be included, please tell me your URL, zone, region, and the specific type of gardening that you engage in when you leave a comment (I would put : http://www.ondeterminedgardener.com/, Zone 4, High Desert, square foot gardening and drought tolerant ornamentals).
To see what is growing in vegetable gardens around the country, visit $5 Dinners.