Watermelon woes…

Up until today we’ve been in a bit of a dry spell here. My watermelon patch was looking great but then the fruit just stopped getting any bigger. I won’t water the big garden here because we are on a well so Mother Nature is in charge of that.

I have been watching one of the biggest melons for weeks. The other day I noticed a black spot on the end. I went ahead and picked it even though I was certain it wasn’t ripe…a girl can dream…

It was as white as could be inside. Such a bummer!

Harvests are much smaller this year.

Harvests are much smaller this year.

Now, we are getting a LOT of rain in one night so the next issue will probably be that the fruit splits. All part of the deal I guess.

The garden started off so well but the weather, although it’s been gorgeous, hasn’t done some of the plants justice this year. Tomatoes aren’t producing as much as usual. I’ve only managed to get 18 pints of sauce put up.

My eggplants that I thought were dead, then revived, aren’t really sure what they’re doing. Two plants have survived and grown and flowered but not much else is happening. It’s truly bizarre.

I’m patiently waiting for the next round of green beans to be ready to harvest. They’re rebounding from a deer attack and seem to be doing well.

Last of the green beans from the first planting and peaches from the orchard.

Last of the green beans from the first planting and peaches from the orchard.

In the meantime, I am visiting the orchard and canning peaches, canning greean beans and canning some meat. Tonight I canned some ground beef – new for me so only got 3 quarts. Always a learning experience.

Browning ground beef to can.

Browning ground beef to can.

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3 quarts of ground beef.

Rabbit is next on my list as I’ve found a local hobby farm that is raising them.

Overall, no complaints as I still am finding happiness in jars!

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3 thoughts on “Watermelon woes…

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about the watermelons! I hope your eggplants and tomatoes rebound. I am dreaming of a fall/winter garden full of green beans so I may have to ask for some canning advice. The last season of green beans only produced enough for a meal so this year I’m ramping up and hoping for the best!

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