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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Year of the Watermelon


There's been a few beats skipped here and there in the blog postings since last week. Welcome back on wordless Wednesday. Well, of course, there’s always a tidbit I want to share. Yes, it’s about watermelon, one of the largest edible fruits. It hasn’t been written about here in this garden corner yet. Did you know 2013 is the year of the watermelon? With a few growing in our own garden this summer, there’s a word of caution that isn’t shared about the watermelon on the National Garden Bureau's informative link.

As Mark Twain once penned, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” But did Mark Twain ever leave a watermelon home by itself, unattended for a few days? An overripe watermelon is not something you want to experience and return to late in the evening. Thank goodness it was left to its own accord in the basement and not in the upstairs living space. Trust me - a meltdown of a watermelon is not pleasant even if it occurs outdoors. Yikes. There’s not too many more horrible smells than this one and a wet Vac and Simple Green can’t cut the leftover remnants of just a couple of days. 

So just a little Wednesday word of caution as the melons we planted seem to be doing their own thing. Never leave a watermelon unattended. That’s all she wrote on this wordless Wednesday.

P.S. The watermelon explosion was one we purchased from the store, which makes one think that these melons were a tad on the ripe side to begin with. The ones growing in our garden are perfect and happy. But now we know to never leave them stored in the basement unattended.

Image of watermelon growing in the garden by Ann Bilowz ©

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