One of the most successful things we grew this year was watermelon but figuring out when they are ripe has proven to be hit or miss. The vines took off like crazy and overtook the bed they were planted in. We have already harvested quite a few watermelons and cantaloupe and we have a ton of them on the vine ripening as we speak. Imagine seeing that huge watermelon all fat and perfectly colored lying there in the dirt. You’ve been watering it regularly and you just know it’s going to be juicy. Your mouth starts watering as you cut that stem away from the vine and you carry it to the house. You lay it out and make the first cut. The smell is delicious and juice pours out. Then you pull the melon apart and the inside is……….unripe. How disappointing. If you don’t want to play out this scenario then check out these great pointers from Laurie at Common Sense Home on how to tell when your watermelon is ripe. I have used some of these tips in the past myself but learning about the watermelon’s tendril is a great tool to have in my gardening bag. Have a great day and God bless!
Author of Lone Star Farmstead, Brandon is a full time paramedic who, along with his family, is working toward a goal of increasing self-sustainability. He writes in the hope of helping others through information and encouragement along their own journey.