Watermelon woes

We haven’t been watering lately as the rains have been a frequent visitor. (We still haven’t purchased a water pump either!). Matt hasn’t mowed the lawn for several weeks now and the grass is starting to take over the place. If we left the garden for a few years without doing anything I wonder what would survive.

While inspecting our garden beds, I squealed as a little lizard skittered over my toes.

We also accidentally discovered a huge watermelon that was hanging over the side of the bed hidden under vine leaves. I was surprised that neither of us had stubbed our toes or tripped over it. The underside had turned yellow so it was ready to harvest, but we waited patiently until the weekend. In one fell swoop the watermelon toppled the kitchen scales. We had to measure it on the other scales, by weighing ourselves first and then again holding the melon. It came in just under 10kg, and the fruit total busted over the vegetable score for the first time.

I calculated the watermelon would have cost us $20 from Coles. Cutting the watermelon open it oozed water and we found a rotten spot. Matt cut out the bad bit and returned about a third of it to the compost. Needless to say, we’ve been eating watermelon after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Our second best performer so far has been the squash with a total of about 4kg. It has improved in flavour, and I wonder if it’s because I’m getting used to it, or the weather is starting to cool down, or because we are leaving them on the vine longer.

I killed twenty plus grasshoppers by the old water in a glass jar method. The large ones drown quickly, which allows me to go back to get some more. If I’m too ambitious and try to catch them all in one jar, the small ones climb on top of each other and then jump out again!

The grasshoppers love the basil, beans, and rhubarb. While the caterpillars are having a field day on the corn, eggplants and tomatoes. Matt thinks we “need to grow three times as much food” to account for the losses from pests.

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