Future Home Of The Sugar Baby Watermelons
Sunday, April 28th. We want to remember that date. It's the day that I planted the watermelon seeds in the center of the big bed. It was a risky endeavor, one that I didn't take lightly. I planted the Moon & Stars variety last year to great disappointment. We didn't get a single good watermelon. I think only three formed and one was edible. At least the chickens found it edible.
The thing about watermelons is that they take up space, both in the garden and in the shopping cart. They demand it. Have you ever had one of those things rolling around in your cart as you navigate through the market threatening to crush the bread? You have to anchor it between a half gallon of milk and the toilet paper.
As far as space goes, I have little of it to give away. I went back and forth this year whether to plant the melons in the big bed and forego the squash or give the melons an entire 4x4 to themselves. Two years ago I grew cantaloupe in a 4x4, the one nearest the house. The cantaloupe vine grew beautifully and the melons were delicious. I am hoping that these little Sugar Babies produce at least one unforgettable summer melon.
Decision making in the garden never gets easier, no matter how many springs and summers come to pass. I still have a 4x4 reserved for either cucumbers or basil. I'm leaning towards basil with a few zinnias planted in the center for height. But that means just saying no to pumpkin and zucchini and eggplant. I need more space which means I need a tiller or a stronger back. I need to dig and sift and amend. It's a lot like life, the garden. Work it out there, in your garden beds, and your good to go.