Let's Get Dirty | All Blogs


Sunshine and watermelons

By Penny Stine

John Denver wrote that sunshine on his shoulders made him happy, and my watermelons and me agree wholeheartedly with that statement. (And no, that's not a euphemism for anything else. I'm talking about watermelons here... in spite of the name of the blog, this is a G-rated entry)

We tore up a huge section of lawn on the west edge of our property in search of a big enough space and better sunshine for growing lavender and melons. I planted the melons on the same day and took these pictures last week. This one gets at least eight hours of sunshine a day.

This one gets about five or six hours of sunshine a day.

In the week since I took the photos, the big watermelon plant has gotten bigger and has at least five baby melons growing. I hope to be eating yellow doll watermelons in another two weeks.

The little plant has grown, too, but I think it will need another six months of summer to realize its full potential and produce anything big enough to eat.

I understand that feeling; I’d like another six months of summer myself. Unfortunately, we won’t get it!

Oh well, now I’m already thinking about next year, wondering what will survive and thrive in limited sunshine. Any ideas? E-mail the gardeners at letsgetdirty@gjsentinel.com.

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Triple Plays Hosts Battle of the Bands for Record Store Day
By David Goe
Friday, April 17, 2015

Waiting for the seedlings to emerge
By Penny Stine
Friday, April 17, 2015

Trying to love lovage
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April is Addison’s disease awareness month
By Robin Dearing
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Transitioning can be tricky
By Penny Stine
Monday, April 13, 2015


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy