We planted watermelon for the first time early in November at the Happy Patch. We were too late to grow from seed so picked up some seedlings at the local nursery. We planted two at the Patch and two at home. The plants at home didn’t grow due to lack of sun, but the ones at the Patch thrived.
In the middle of January we found our first baby watermelon lurking in the foliage.
Within a week it had grown to football size and we had found another three melons.
At the end of January the first melon was huge.
We researched when to pick and learnt that watermelons make a dull thud when whacked and that the bottom should be creamy yellow. On 5/2 we decided that the melon fit the criteria and picked it. We proudly took it home in the car. As you can see it was very big!
Weighing 9.8 kilos we were very impressed with our baby.
Then came the moment of truth!
And… failure; the melon was not ripe 😦 We were gutted.
Still, there is another three to come 🙂
Not to mention the others that could be lurking in the patch.
Let’s hope we get the next ones right!