Summer is a hot bitch, and we love her!

I know it's ugly, but I love it.

This is a Prescott melon.  I know it’s ugly, but I love it.

I love watermelon, and we’ve grown it in our garden a few times, but we found out it takes a lot of water. The fruit we got was very sweet, but we didn’t get many, and they were only a little bigger than a softball. 

So, last year my husband found a seed company – Baker Creek Heirloon Seeds –  that carries varieties of fruits and vegetables suitable for growing in our crazy Northern California summers.

http://www.rareseeds.com/

Come on – what kind of weather is this? I had to get a blanket last night! Right after I listened to Kris Kuyper warning us of another  streak of 105+.  We realized, we can’t just grow anything in our garden, we have to look for varieties that are suited to the weird growing season we have here.

The Prescott is orange inside, firm and fresh tasting, but not outrageously sweet. I’ll try to get a picture of the inside before we eat the next one. The Kalihari melons are soft, “mush melons,” and a little sweeter.

This Kalihari melon had fallen off the vine when we found it - "dead ripe".

This Kalihari melon had fallen off the vine when we found it – “dead ripe”.

These are what my grandpa called "mush melons" because the flesh is really soft.

These are what my grandpa called “mush melons” because the flesh is really soft. 

I’m thrilled to say we get a melon from one vine or the other every few days. I slice them and leave them on a plate on the counter, my family disappears them. And, I put a few chunks in my smoothie every morning. Live while you can, that’s what I always say.

My husband looks forward to making his Baker Creek order every Christmas. We’re thinking about making an order for a fall garden this year, since Summer was kind of a bitch. 

A hot bitch, and we love her! 

 

 

 

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