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
Garden Experiments 2014: A new type of berry plant
By Penny Stine
Friday, April 18, 2014

Not just any Friday
By Debra Dobbins
Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate Music on Record Store Day
By David Goe
Friday, April 18, 2014

Frugal Frida Links: Cheap Vacations
By Julie Norman
Friday, April 18, 2014

Product Review: JamBerry Nails
By Richie Ann Ashcraft
Friday, April 18, 2014


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy