Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Speaking of ...

Speaking of things that have been delayed a bit, the watermelons are a bit late here this year due to the odd weather. So this weekend I was out in the watermelon patch picking a few as they ripened. L took this picture with my phone - one of the clearer ones I have seen it take.

The melon in my arms is about 22 lbs. - a good size but enough melon to keep L and I eating for days.

Did you know that you can tell when a watermelon is ready to be picked by looking at the first curly tendril on the vine nearest the melon?  When it curls and browns, the melon is ready for picking. I like that much more than the myriad of odd ways to tell when cantaloupe, muskmelons, and honeydews are ready. Just one simple visual inspection and you are set to go.

Back to getting ready for the 5K this weekend.


  1. Congrats on the nice melon Dan.

    Our pumpkin patch is late as well. It got no water in July and then has been flooded ever since. We have a couple of decent ones still hanging on though.

  2. That's good to know, but since I buy them at the store, it still leaves me in the dark. ;)

  3. that is a ridiculously large watermelon..I weigh about 98 pounds. That makes that watermelon almost a 1/4 of my entire body. Wow. lol

  4. Wow, a 22lb watermelon?! And I agree, that is one of the best cell phone pictures I've seen. The clarity is perfect.

  5. Good God! My wife doesn't like melon of any type so that thing would feed me for about a year. Hmmm, might rot first huh.

    That's a cool way to tell if it is ripe though. I'd never heard of it before.

  6. That is one big watermelon! Wow, I don't think I've seen anything that big in Japan. That's definitely a lot of melon to go through :)


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