Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Sweet Success


We may have failed this year with our potato tower, but we’ve had our fair share of successes, too. I think it’s safe to say this is officially the Year of the Tomato for us- we’ve sold our heirlooms at a farmers’ market and to a restaurant (and still have had plenty for ourselves, family, and friends!).

We’re also really excited to have grown and harvested our very first watermelon!

We should’ve weighed it, but we didn’t. We were too excited to hack it open!

We weren’t entirely sure it would be ripe, but turns out our instincts were correct. There are apparently numerous ways to tell if a watermelon is ready for harvest- here’s a good list.  We picked ours when it sounded hollow and the part of the melon that rested on the ground was yellow-ish.

Hands down, the best watermelon we’ve ever had. We saved as many seeds as we could so we can continue to grow them year after year!


4 responses to “Sweet Success

  1. solarbeez August 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    What a great picture. You’ve got to save that to put on your Christmas card. In December, it’ll bring back warm memories of the summer. And that watermelon, I can taste it just by looking at it!!!

    • Becca August 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks! We ate it all already, so the photo’s the only way to preserve that watermelon for the cold winter months. If we get another one, we might try dehydrating slices of watermelon as fruit leather!

  2. croftgarden August 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Well done – beautiful toms!

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