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Jul 29, 2009

Beautiful Bounty

I just wanted to put of a couple quick pics of a harvest this week, and another new harvest basket (thanks, mom!).

And another great thing going on in the garden- Watermelon!

Watermelon ‘Red Little Baby Flower F1’

The bench was nearby, so I decided to use it to support the watermelon- I hope you can see them :).

The bush beans are doing really well- but I gotta say that I’m not really impressed with the taste compared to pole beans. They are heavy producers, however.

Bush Bean ‘Blue Lake 274’

The marigold seems to be doing well with them- these are the ones I started in the cold frame a while back, and I moved them to different places in the garden. That is a pepper in the front- it doesn’t seem too happy, but then it was purchased and probably had some shock when planted.

I hope your gardens are doing well!

Happy gardening,



  • Daphne

    Yeah I gave up on bush beans a while back. I like the pole variety too much. Now if only I could find a way to give them a 10' pole and still be able to pick it. Though if you can beans I can so understand wanting the bush variety. Then they all come in at once.

  • Catherine@AGardenerinProgress

    Your veggies always look so pretty! How cool to have watermelons, I never would've thought they could grow around here.
    Normally I'm not a marigold fan, but the ones you have are really pretty, almost like a zinnia.
    Do you have this horrible heat there?

  • Ribbit

    I love how the watermelon is growing over the logs, tree, whatever it is. What a beautifully peaceful setting.

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Daphne- I hear ya, this is the second time I've tried them just a different variety. Maybe I'll look into a heirloom variety there has to be a good tasting one out there somewhere!

    Catherine- Thanks! The I normally don't like Marigold much either, but I found these last year and gathered the seed for this year. Unfortunately, I mixed the seeds so the variety is either Dwarf Bolero or Disco Mix, I'll go with the latter because I have another envelope labeled just that (only) and the words 'love these' on it :). The watermelon is a mini.

    Ribbit- The watermelon was draped over a bench that was made for me out of tree limbs- glad you like it.

  • Autumn Belle

    The watermelon plant, baby melons and the wood makes a pretty picture.

  • Sue

    Hi Tessa,
    Yes, your bounty is beautiful! That's a nice looking basket, too. I planted some cantaloupe, but it is very slow in growing. Rabbits ate my green beans after I got one meal out of them. I thought that once they got large enough to produce, the rabbits wouldn't be interested in them.

    Happy gardening to you, too!

  • Stephanie

    Hello Tessa, those tomoatoes you harvested are so beautiful! Red and riped. Really beautiful bounty. Happy gardening to you too!

  • GardenJoy4Me

    Tessa your bounty is amazing girl !!
    I wish I had you as a neighbor .. talk about me talking to you about sharing the wealth ? LOL
    I love the wood used for the vine to grow over .. you are very inventive girl !
    You do have a Halloween pumpkin some where though ... right ?? LOL

  • Anonymous

    your harvest and garden look great. What sort of weather do you need to grow watermelon?? I would love to give it a try but I'm not sure how successful I would be in britain!!

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Autumn Belle- Thanks I'm glad you liked it!

    Sue- So sorry to hear you're having rabbit problems! Those waskly wabbits! If I move to a more rural area, I'm sure I'm going to run into those problems :)

    Stephanie- Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by.

    Joy- No pumpkins, sorry! I don't think I've ever grown them...oh, did I say that out loud? Thanks for stopping by!

    Allotments4you- Watermelon needs sun, sun, sun! And we've had plenty this year, thankfully. It also helps that I've chosen a mini variety, 5" harvest size :)

  • Anonymous

    thanks for that Tessa...not much sun in england but maybe I'll give it a shot next year anyway...will be fun to see if I get anywhere!!

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