Watermelons & Marigolds

This year we tried two new things in our garden – watermelons and marigolds.


We’re dealing with a learning curve here since it’s our first time growing watermelons. These are Sugar Baby watermelons and it’s hit or miss as we learn whether or not they are ripe. From what we’ve read, they are ready when the stem turns brown. But we should wait about a week after it turns brown and make sure we are not watering the area.

Of course, we are concerned about the raccoons trying to get to these before they are fully ripe. They got to our cantaloupe two years ago – such a disappointment!


I’ve never been a fan of marigolds. That confession seems particularly terrible since my grandmother always planted them in her yard. I just never found them pretty. But now I have a newfound appreciation for them. First, they do add a nice bit of color to the garden. Second, they attract pollinators.

Marigolds supposedly repel squashbugs and tomato hornworms, among other “bad bugs.” I don’t know if that is true, but I haven’t seen bad bugs on our plants within the garden borders.

Everything is green and producing, which is exciting. We always get impatient this time of year, because our hard work is really showing results. It hard to believe we start anew this year with a huge hill of dirt and an ambitious idea to expand and enhance our garden. At the time, the idea was exciting, but the mountain of dirt was an overwhelming sight!

We’re really pleased with the results this year so far.

Lessons learned so far in garden 2017? plant more peas! Then again, we seem to tell each other we should do that every year and then forget we can plant peas concurrently. This year, we did plant more, though, and are looking forward to the next set of plants maturing.

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