neither tim nor i have ever grown melons before. pitcher mountain — site of tim’s old CSA — is too high and the season is too short for this delicious fruit and so tim never tried to grow it. and me? well, i’ve just been too lazy and uninspired.
no longer! in our front yard, we have 5 containers spilling over with melon vines. we’re growing three varieties of heirloom watermelons, a couple of muskmelons and a couple of sun and moon watermelons. every morning and every afternoon i scrutinize the plants, checking for female flowers (the ones with the miniature fruits at the base). when i find them, i take a cotton swab and do my best to fertilize them with the pollen of a male flower.
when this process is successful, you get what you see here: an amazingly fast-growing fruit that doubles in size over the course of three days! this is my firstborn baby watermelon, his name is filechista khakcencio (it’s a long story and it involves facebook, so i’ll just leave it at that), and i love he.
i could and will just eat him up!