As I’ve mentioned, our garden hasn’t done so well this year. We started late, and then we barely got any rain this summer.
But on Friday, Chef brought inside a watermelon and a turnip.
Yes, that little tiny green sphere on the left is a watermelon.
We didn’t have high hopes for the little guy. In such a small fruit, could we even hope that it was red inside? Could we hope for sweet and juicy? Still, the plant was dying so we knew that the fruit wasn’t going to get any bigger. It was time to harvest him and see what he had become.
After slicing the watermelon in half…
We discovered it was red! And juicy! And tasting it proved it was sweet, as well. Chef and I shared it, which meant that each of us got about three little bites of watermelon. But it was yummy nonetheless.
We discussed the garden and our plans for next year. Instead of planting all the seeds in each packet, we will be more selective. That should allow more space for each type of fruit or vegetable to grow, and allow us to replant later in the season if needed. The lettuce has done very well, so I’m sure we’ll do that again. I am disappointed that we didn’t get any pumpkins or squash, so hopefully next year we’ll have better success.
Did we save any money this year by having a garden? Probably not. We have not had to buy any lettuce, which has been nice. We should have an okay crop of turnips, and while turnips aren’t something we ordinarily buy a ton of, they will make a nice addition to some meal. We had a few really nice cucumbers, as well. We’re hopeful that, with what we’ve learned this year, we will actually be able to save on our grocery bill next summer.