Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Our Wishy-Washy Watermelon

Gardening this year has been awful. Torrential rain and a chill at the start of summer turned into blazing heat with a drought in the latter part of July, which meant that our little gardens were almost entirely unsuccessful at producing much more than weeds. What grew? (Other than the weeds, that is...) Peppers, which we've had in (over)abundance with just a handful of plants, a few anemic string beans, and - surprisingly - one great, big yellow-fleshed watermelon.

growing yellow watermelon

growing yellow watermelon

growing yellow watermelon

growing yellow watermelon

Now it looked delightful, with its stylish pale yellow insides, but it turned out to be overly seedy and kind of sour. P. gamely ate a piece, and I ate a bunch, working around those huge, white seeds. But in the end, we tossed the rest into the compost and haven't picked another one. I am wondering whether it just needed a little more time so I might pick one of the others when I get the urge. In any case, we all had fun watching it grow and picking it, so the tiny amount of time I put into training the vines out of the lawn was probably worth the trouble.

What's your WORST gardening fail?

5 comments:

  1. This year we planted three pepper plants and got one pepper. There are a dozen giant cauliflower plants, but only three tiny cauliflowers growing. Our garlic heads were only about 1 1/2 inches across, most of the onions were the size of a dime, and if we're lucky, we'll get three beets that are about 1 1/2 inches across. Oh, and the edamame and pea plants were completely eaten by rabbits, before producing fruit. We did get a bumper crop of tomatoes and butternut squash, our potatoes did okay, we got some beans, and the strawberries and raspberries are finally fruiting. So our gardening wasn't a complete fail. Just a half-fail.

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    1. I suppose if you lump this year and last year's gardens with the two very successful gardens before those, we could call ours a half fail, too! ;)

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  2. First your daughter is gorgeous!!! My failure is I planted flowers and the nursery said needs lots of sun....well they all died. I watered them everyday!!!! So mad!!!! They were soo beautiful!

    What did I wrong??

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  3. We inherited a garden at our new house strawberries, tomatoes and snap peas. I am waiting to see how long it will take before I ruin it with my brown thumbs

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