I have worked my tail feathers off over the past few years trying to grow watermelon. Surely it isn't that complicated, but somehow I have never managed to grow any watermelon worth eating. This year has been no exception. I planted a ton of plants and I think there are four watermelons on all of them combined! Somehow I don't think that 4 watermelons is worth taking up an entire bed. Our son was out the other day working on fences. He came in carrying a green round thing with little yellow dots. He found it in the horse and sheep pasture. He announced that there were 5 or 6 smaller ones over there. I knew immediately what it was. Last year I planted Moon and Stars watermelon in that pasture (before the animals were there). They never did do anything even though I carried water to them by the bucket loads during the drought! After the field was plowed this year, I guess they reseeded themselves and managed to grow without any care from me. I think it is me that is bad at growing watermelons!!! I am still amazed that our horses and sheep didn't eat them.
I have been trying to grow a second batch of squash and zucchini. We didn't get our fill earlier this summer because of the bugs. Right out in the field with the horses and sheep I noticed a beautiful squash or zucchini plant loaded with picture perfect yellow blooms. I was thrilled and shocked all at the same time. I am unsure how the seeds even ended up out there and again amazed that the animals didn't step on it or eat it. Go figure!!!
Each year my garden is truly a learning classroom for me. Sometimes I am successful and other times we go empty handed. Guess what I learned yesterday??!!! I learned that cows will eat pepper plants.... Who knew??? I also learned that cows like Cosmos flowers! I did win the fence battle with the cow at least for now. She has now been out of the garden for 24 hours and the sheep remain out as well. YEEHAW!!! Now I feel like a real farmer!!!
grace and peace,