This year I was going to be very organized about the gardening. I had a spreadsheet...
...and gardening in Minnesota book
Yet, despite all the preparation, time came up short and the garden quickly fell into chaos. I had hoped that by putting straw down around all my plants I could avoid some weeding. And I will say, the straw did help keep the weeds down. Of course, that just helped the oats sprout and grow that much better.
Personally, I don't spend a lot of time remembering all the vegetables and fruits that we throw into the compost pile. Still, I was convinced I had a watermelon on my hands. I was even rather excited about this. I'd never grown a watermelon before. It's one of my favorite fruits.
The color and striping didn't seem quite right, but I figured it would just grow into it. I also figured it was one of those little personal-sized watermelons and their coloring seemed somewhat different than a true watermelon. I was pretty sure I had bought one of those for myself because somebody doesn't really care for watermelon; he doesn't not like it, but doesn't get all excited about it either. Yet even he was excited about the idea of a watermelon in our garden.
And so the garden grew.
We had jalapenos,
and all sorts of tasty vegetables
And, now that Halloween is here, I spent the day carving some of my watermelons. You'll have to let me know what you think.
*which turned into eggplant parmesan
**Which turned into over 30 lbs of frozen tomatoes