Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is my Watermelon Ready?

golden midget heirloom watermelon

Watermelon selection is a bit of a mystery to most people. 

It's like when you bake a pie and give it as a gift.  You (at least I do) have all of these lingering questions?

Is it good? Is it too watery inside or did I get it right?  What if I just gave someone a horrible gift when all I wanted to do was something nice?

Kind of the same idea with a watermelon....

In the past years I have recieved pictures and been invited into backyard gardens to determine if the melon in question was ready.  I hope I helped those friends and left them feeling empowered and in the know.

So I'll now share that information to you....

1. Is the fun little curly vine that is at the exact spot where the watermelon stem connects to the bigger vine brown?



2. Is the melon slightly yellow on the bottom?


3. When you give it a tap with your pointer finger knuckle does it make a high sound?

If you answered yes to all of the above...it should be ready.

The final test is that the watermelon should slip easily from the vine.

2 comments:

  1. THanks for the tips Rose! Have you planted kale yet? What kinds can we look forward to.....?

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    1. Hey! I didn't get too crazy with kale varieties for the fall. Kale seed is hard to come by these days so I just have the regular curly kale and the dinosaur kale. I am trying a few new things for fall like radicchio, escarole, and endive...stay tuned!

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