Archive | August, 2011

Crimson Sweet Watermelon

28 Aug

Today is Sunday August 28, 2011, and it’s oppressively hot here.

The DFW area has had 62 days of temperatures over 100 degrees and todays high is forecasted to reach 107, oh joy.  Along with the crazy hot heat we have had very little to no rain. Its’ going to take a hurricane to knock the high pressure front  loose from its iron clad grip it has on Texas. Too bad hurricane Irene choose to hit the Eastern Seaboard and not the Gulf Coast 😦

Never the less I enjoy playing in my gardens and they still nature my soul. So today I got up early to water them and in the process I found myself squishing the mud between my toes, among other more typical gardening activities. Well to be honest I get up early every day, so today was no different. As I was giving them their morning water I noticed that the watermelon plant had two REALLY big melons. They looked ripe so I picked one to check before I picked the other melon since this is the first time I have grown watermelons and I am really not sure how to tell if they are ripe.

I also decided to shoot a video of the crazy watermelon patch that somehow did not get the memo that it’s too hot and dry to be such a strong vibrant plant.

Enjoy

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First Fall Veggies Planted…Praying for Rain

1 Aug

Well today is August 1st which is traditionally when you start planting your fall vegetable garden in North Texas. But with the extreme heat that we’re having (highs predicted this week to be 108) and no relief in sight, I was not sure if I should “plant” or “not plant”.

After much thought and deliberation, I decided to go for it. It might be a mistake but what the heck there only seeds that did not cost much any way. In fact some of the seeds I harvested from last years crops and I can’t save them past one year anyway.

This year when I planed my fall vegetable garden I took the seed packs that I wanted to plant and marked the date they needed to be in the ground, breaking them into 3 groupings (8-1; 8-15, and 9-1). So today I got up bright and early, grabbed the seeds with the Aug 1st date on them and went to work. Lucky for me my beds are not hard which made hoeing and planting a snap.

What did I plant today you asks?

August 1st veggies planted

I planted two rows of: carrots, swiss chard, bush green beans and cilantro. I also supplemented the spring cucumbers (that are still alive) with a few cucumber seeds. I am still on the quest for 1 gal tomatoes, and if don’t find any this week I’ll have to give it up since it will be too late to plant them – wish me luck.

Now all that is needed is to water them daily and make sure a hard crust does not form on the rows, preventing the seeds from breaking through. Well that and to start praying for rain and a break to this excessive heat were having this summer.