Thursday, October 1, 2009

Melon time

We don't get a huge melon season here -- it's usually not hot enough, long enough.

But persistence, hope, and a reckless disregard for reality conspired together to make something sweet:


We've had about three melons all in the six pound range. That's doable. They're quite full of seeds, which the kids find challenging rather than a spur to spitting contests. No imagination at all, some of them.

I know these aren't Moon and Stars, and I imagine they're Picnic. Whatever. I won't grow Persian melons again, because they're too sweet, but I might tuck a couple of these guys into a sunny corner again.

10 comments:

Engineeredgarden said...

Good for you! Too sweet? I've never heard of a melon that was too sweet. Ha!

Mr. H. said...

OH, lucky you. I can but dream of the day a fully mature melon will appear in my garden. This would have been the year for it but I botched that up by growing them to close to our squash, some day. As you said, persistance and a disregard for reality sometimes pay a nice dividend.

Susan said...

Mmmmm....homegrown watermelon. I second Engineeredgarden--how can a watermelon be too sweet? Are you going to pickle the rinds?

GrafixMuse said...

Wow! It looks really good.

Jackie said...

Melons?! I heard it wasn't possible in the Bay Area... Good for you!

Stefaneener said...

EG, not the watermelons. The orange persian melon. Bleah. No depth of flavor. Just . . . sweet.

Mr. H, I'm surprised that you can't. Maybe you could create a really sunny nook somewhere and start them inside way ahead.

Susan, yes, it's wonderful. Having never eaten pickled rinds, I wonder why I would want to. Maybe you could tell me?

GrafixMuse, it was! Small, but nice.

Jackie, a master gardener once told me you couldn't grow artichokes in Phoenix, either. I replied that since I'd called about cutting back my 6x6' specimen, that was obviously not true! I did choose a sunny wind-free corner under the lime tree, though.

Michelle said...

Sometimes you just have to go for it and prove the 'experts' wrong. The one time I grew good melons in the Bay Area was when I grew them up a trellis against a south facing wall. I'm not even going to try here though, I don't have any walls in the garden.

Kristin said...

Is that the melon I was eating on the camping trip too? It was delicious and if you grew it--even more so! Thanks for sharing it. it was the perfect end to my summer.

Dan said...

Definitely the best time to harvest melons. I just picked all my Charentais melons and they were excellent, you should try them next year. Really concentrated flavor and minerally too, almost like they had been salted. The watermelons look great!

kitsapFG said...

Yum! I really miss being able to grow melons. Those look lovely.