02 April 2014

An Exciting First Harvest and a Giveaway




Last week we harvested our very first (and sadly only for this season) Moon and Stars Watermelon. It was a revelation in taste and texture, so crisp and juicy and sweet, unlike any watermelon I've tasted before.  Last night we finished off the last little bit, about a week after first cutting it open, and the texture had dulled to be very similar to watermelon that I've bought at the shops.  So my tip is, if you are able to grow watermelon, or get hold of one that has just been picked, it's definitely worth it!

And so on to the Giveaway.  I recently found a copy (in excellent condition) of my all-time favourite gardening book, One Magic Square by Lolo Houbein, at a second-hand bookstore and couldn't resist buying yet another copy of it.  I've bought several in the past as presents for friends who are embarking on a vegetable gardening adventure, and I know I've raved about it before as being a brilliant resource.  

To celebrate my first-ever watermelon harvest and the rest of what has been a bumper season of crops in the Country Garden, I've decided to give this copy away to one of the CGCG readers in Australia (sorry it's too heavy and expensive to post overseas).  Just leave a comment below and tell me what vegetable or fruit you'd love to try growing that you haven't attempted before, and I'll select a random entry next Wednesday 9 April.

Good luck!


6 comments:

  1. I have had no luck with watermelon, well done! I love that book too and have own copy, probably time to read it again!

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    1. Thanks Liz. Perhaps it's too dry up your way? I think lots of water has gone into the success of this one fruit! Good to hear you share my love of One Magic Square :)

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  2. I'm so jealous - my attempts to grow watermelon from seed didn't come to fruition (see what I did there?) this year. I've grown them from seedlings in the past.
    Next year I'm hoping to get them and rock melon growing from seed - eventually I'll be able to grow an entire fruit salad, I'm sure of it :)

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    1. I have a feeling we have accidentally grown rockmelon/cantelope this year. There have been several mystery vines that popped up from some compost that we spread and we've been trying to work out what they are! It is starting to look like they might actually be cantelopes! If so, I'd definitely give them a go next year as they seem pretty easy to grow :)

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  3. We grew Moon and Stars watermelons in the back yard of our rental property in Western Sydney and the neighbours were enthralled when they trailed up over the fence and hung there. None of them fell off which surprised all of us. The biggest one was 13kg and they were just beautiful. Crisp and juicy - my mouth's watering just thinking about them. We've now grown pumpkins on a trellis - by accident as well and they were just fine!

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    1. You've just made me realise that I didn't think to weigh this one! Mind you I don't think it would have got anywhere near 13kg, it stopped getting bigger after a while so we decided to harvest at that point, perhaps that's why the flavour was so intense. Our watermelon and pumpkins were all planted in barrels and have then trailed over the ground. I'm now wondering if they would actually do better with a vertical trellis to climb?

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