July 2, 2016

Melons in the Pepper Bed and the Biggest Tomato in the Garden

See what a week has wrought, this Ginkaku Korean melon has grown so much. When ripe the thin rind will turn yellow and have sweet crispy white flesh.
Here's a picture of that melon from just 6 days ago.
There's 6 melons in the patch but the rest are much smaller than the two photographed. The plants were started on May 1st and planted in the garden May 30th.
The four Ginkaku melons have definitely taken over the pepper bed.
This pepper/eggplant bed has wax melons planted between the rows, but they're still little and have yet to start running yet.
The biggest tomato in the garden is definitely this Golden King of Siberia. It's nice and heavy too, but no where close to ripening.

Cherokee Purple has some nice big tomatoes as well, but they're right next to the monster zucchini plant and it's hard to get a good picture of them.
Can you see the monster zucchini plant to the back right?

We finally got a good soaking rain today, and it's been in the 80's all week. You can feel the sigh of relief from the tomato plants. But next week it's back to 90's and 100 degree weather (35 Celsius). The tomato plants are nowhere near as lush as last year when it was cooler and wetter, but the zucchini and summer squash are loving the heat.

It's so wonderful to have the backyard fully fenced. And today we spread grass seed and straw over the newly graded and composted non-garden area. Soon our little one will have a new grassy area to play in next to the garden. I'm so excited! Maybe we'll get a toddler swing and wading pool.


Margaret said...

That's one huge tomato! I'm still waiting for any of my squash to start running. One of the varieties I'm growing - Thai Rai Kaw Tok - is supposed to go crazy so I'm looking forward to seeing that. And I do see that huge monster zucchini plant! I've not had one of those either but there's always hoping this will be the year :)

That's wonderful that you've gotten the fencing/grass finished - it feels so great when a big job like that is finally complete.

David Velten said...

Everything in your garden is looking very healthy. And that tomato is amazing and a very interesting shape. Will be interesting to see how it turns out. Growing vining squash among the tomatoes and peppers is an interesting, as long as they stay inside and leave the paths free, although I'd be a little concerned about them overwhelming the slower growing peppers.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Those melons really are vining! We are getting a good rain today finally. I can almost hear the garden growing!

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
It seems like zucchini and squash really like the heat, during last year's cool wet summer they were tiny in comparison. I'm growing Thai Rai Kaw Tok too, it hasn't started running yet but looks like it's thinking about it. David mentioned that it produces squash much later than other varieties which worries me a little.

Your pea plants are doing so well this year. They're just absolutely loaded with pea pods.

Phuong said...

Hi David,
I decided to try give growing squash and melons amongst taller vegetables after reading about a man growing Black Futsu winter squash underneath his tomato plants. He ended up getting 34 squashes from one plant and he showed a picture of them. It probably depends on the variety but I'm giving it a try with 5 different winters squashes, 2 melons, and 2 wax melons. It would be so wonderful if it worked because winter squashes just take up so much room, which is why I rarely grow them.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
It's raining here as well, I'm so happy! Real rain makes such a huge difference in a garden. Even the bush bean plants look greener.

Susie - secondhandsusie.blogspot.com said...

Wow, your garden is wonderful! And that tomato is huge! I wonder how big it'll get before it's ripe!