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First Watermelon and Zucchini From The Garden

>1 August 2009
 
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We got a few more things from our garden this week. Our first Zucchini was big enough to pick, we got another cucumber (our third), and I picked our first “Moon and Stars” Watermelon.

I was so excited to pick that watermelon! We’d been watching it grow for weeks; admiring it daily and giving it special attention when watering the garden. Every day it seemed to grow a little bigger, and every day our mouths watered for it a little more.

All of us were so anxious to cut into that beautiful melon. Then the day finally came. I went out into the garden to check on the progress, and heard a whisper coming from that watermelon. It called to me, “Pick me. Pick me!”

I reached down to examine it. It looked big enough. I flicked it, “Thump. Thump.” It sounded hallow, just like the books said it should. I turned it over and noticed a nice yellowish spot on the bottom, an indication that it had been sitting long enough. “Yep!” I thought, “It’s ready!!”

A little hesitantly I reached down and pried it off of the vine. Then all at once it was free in my hands.

Yay! Watermelon time!

I skipped inside and presented the trophy to the family. Our prized melon. Jada was thrilled that it was ready. She even posed for a picture with it! Can’t you just see the pride in her face? (Silly girl.)

But when my husband saw what I had done, instead of excitement I got, “You picked it? You weren’t supposed to pick it yet.”

What? I said, “But the book said it’s ready when it sounds hallow, which it does, and when the bottom turns yellowish, which it is.” “I think it’s ready.”

Then Jerry said, “But my mom said not to pick it until the stem turns brown.”

Huh? I felt my heart sink a little. Unfortunately, I missed that conversation.

Still truly wanting to believe that I was right, I asked hubby to cut into the melon and see. I just knew we’d find a nice, juicy red fruit inside. And I was so ready to devour it!

He sliced it in half, then stepped back with a sigh. Green. All green. Big bummer!!

NOOOOO! How could this be!! Are there even words to describe my disappointment?! I kicked myself… I kicked myself hard! All that watching and waiting for nothing!

I wanted so badly to believe that it was ripe. I suddenly convinced myself, “Maybe it’s supposed to be like that!” I tasted the green flesh. Nope. Yuck. Not good.

Big Big Bummer! I HATE learning things the hard way!

I apologized to the family over and over again. We were all so anxious to enjoy that melon, and I totally ruined it for everybody. Ugh!

So, now we wait, and hope for another one.

Bummer.

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7 Comments »

  • Debbie in PA said:

    Ouch!

    Reminds me of the summer we had pumpkins growning in our compost bin. They had spouted from the seeds of the previous fall’s Halloween pumpkin. All summer we watched the pumpkins grow….and grow….and grow. I debated picking them in September, but thought no, just wait. One day we went out to admire them, and found big bite marks in them! Groundhogs, I think.

    So I know your pain on the watermelons. I wouldn’t have known either.

  • Alea said:

    Oh, I am so sorry for you all! Perhaps by sharing your misfortune you will save another family (like mine!) from the same disappointment. Your zucchini and cucumber look great.

  • LisaAlso said:

    The only year I planted watermelon, we had a bad garden year. Too much water, then way too hot, etc. The melons didn’t even start growing until late August. I waited, and watched, and pampered and wondered when the right time to pick would be.

    When I finally broke down and picked one, it was barely pink inside, but it was pretty sweet! I haven’t tried them again, since they took up an entire raised bed and I don;t know what I’m doing!!

  • Susan said:

    Another hint is the food is ready to be picked when it easily comes off the vine. When I read that you had to ‘pry it off the vine’ I was worried…

    Gardening is a learning experience, even for experienced gardeners. Throw it on the mulch heap and maybe one will grow there next year!

  • Nancy M. said:

    Well, at least you’ll remember next time!

  • Sarah said:

    When the first curly like tail on the vine closest to the watermelon turns brown it’s ready to pick. That’s one mistake we didn’t make only because my FIL has been growing watermelon for years and he lives next door to us.

  • Kim Davis said:

    OOO I understand how disappointing that would be!

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