Friday, August 21, 2009

Our First Watermelon!

After watching the watermelons grow larger and larger and slowly begin to ripen over the past month, I was finally able to harvest our first ever watermelon from our garden today . . .

Out of curiosity (and because it felt so heavy!), I weighed the melon and found it to be 25 lbs and 11 oz! Once getting it inside, Mom and I eagerly cut into it wondering what it would be like . . . sweet? juicy? under-ripe? over-ripe? 'mushy'? We took a bite from that still warm melon, and oh, was it ever good! It was sweet and juicy, but was a little on the over-ripe side, yet even with that, it was still very good (especially after it had cooled off in the fridge :).

The watermelon was enjoyed for dinner tonight, and we are looking forward to being able to enjoy melons from our garden over the next few weeks! (And now I'll have a better idea of knowing when they are ripe. :)

14 comments:

  1. Oh yummy!!!!! We've never grown melons before. Enjoy yours!

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  2. It looks so tasty! The best part is that you all grow your own veggies and fruits~nice,fresh and healthy for the whole family. It must be so rewarding to see all your efforts and hard work produced such healthy produce. We are working on becoming more self-sufficient. We have a Farmer's Market a little ways along the road that we shop at every Saturday morning. Do you ever sell any of your fruits and veggies, bread etc. at the Farmer's Market? God bless, Rose

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  3. How lovely! That is exciting. Due to the extreme heat and lack of rain we have been experiencing the past several months, our garden is pretty much piddled out for the season. *sigh* But thankfully there is always next year. I am just thankful for the bounty we were blessed with and able to share and can for the fall. So all in all it was a good harvest.

    ~Mrs. M

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  4. YUM! I like watermelon and so does my dog:)

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  5. Mmmm, a very cooling taste. We used to buy them from the market when we were in Australia, in temps of over 35 degrees!

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  6. The watermelon looks soooo delicious!
    Our melons are not ripe yet I can't wait till they are!
    thank you for the book titles I am going to see if our local library has them.

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  7. This is our first year to grow melons, Amber, and it has been an enjoyable experience! You should try it sometime. :) And yes, we have been enjoying them!

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  8. It was, Rose! :) Yes, it is rewarding to be able to grow our own food and to be able to harvest the bounty after all of the work put into the garden. It is also very enjoyable! :)

    That is wonderful that your family is working on becoming more self-sufficient! It must be a blessing to you that you all have a Farmer’s Market close by where you can get produce. As of yet, I have never sold anything at the Farmer’s Market near where we live, but we have talked about doing it. So far we have not been harvesting enough produce to make it worthwhile, but maybe someday we will!

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  9. It was good to hear from you again, Mrs. M! Yes, it was exciting! I am sorry that your garden has not been doing well lately due to the heat and lack of rain. That is one thing about gardening . . . so much depends on the weather! As you shared, though, at least you were able to harvest produce from your garden at the beginning of the season. :) And what a blessing that you had enough to share with others and to can!

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  10. That is funny that your dog likes watermelon, Desiree! :) I have never thought to give any to our dogs, but we do give the rinds to our chickens, and they love them! They always come racing up to us when they see us coming and as soon as we set the rind on the ground, it will have a whole swarm of chickens around it eating as fast as they can. It is fun to watch them!

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  11. It is that, Elizabeth! I am sure that the watermelon that you all enjoyed in Australia was delicious! :)

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  12. It was delicious, Hannah! How neat that you all grow melons, too! They will probably be ripening before too long and then you all will be able to enjoy them. :)

    You’re welcome in regards to the book titles! I hope that you are able to find them. :)

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  13. Watermelon must be one of my favorite things to harvest from the garden, Sarah!!! I'm not a watermelon fan, but I sure do enjoy growing, harvesting, and cutting it up!!! Go figure! :o)

    We too have been harvesting these melons lately. We have quite a few large ones and it looks like we're going to have another monstrous crop that will be ready to pick in the next several weeks!! Our chickens have been enjoying our 'over-ripe' watermelons but I think this treat is becoming a little to 'normal and everyday' for them! :o)
    ~Ashley

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  14. I would agree, Ashley . . . watermelon has got to be one of the most enjoyable things to harvest from the garden! And yes, it is fun to be able to grow it, harvest it, cut it up, and eat it! ;) Hopefully someday you will realize the great enjoyment of the latter part! ;) :D

    Our chickens have been enjoying some of our watermelons, too! It is hilarious to watch them gobbling it up. For whatever reason, though, our chickens’ favorite part is the seeds!

    Enjoy harvesting your melons! :)

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