Friday, July 2, 2010

Mini Melons

See that. That is a mini watermelon. Special seeds? Nope, it is just a plain old watermelon vine grown in a container. In this case the container is an old plastic watering can that cracked at the bottom. I couldn't make myself throw it out, so it was given a second life as a container. The watermelon variety is not a small variety at all. It is Crimson Sweet. The seed package says the fruit can weigh up to 24 pounds. It is quite easy to stunt its growth, obviously.

This is the vine and the watering can. The little melons on the vine are ready, but they only have a couple of tablespoons of edible flesh. So what, it's fun. I will clean up the vines and give them a shot of fertilizer and compost. That should get them going again producing more little fruits. The vines are already blooming again.

This is a fun way to grow little melons if you don't have the space for sprawling vines.

Please forgive the messy deck in the background. I promise to go clean it up right now.
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  1. Hello,
    It is funny to see watermelon grow in a watering can. But why not.

  2. I love it! My kids would be so happy watching those grow!

  3. Debbie girl this is too cute ! .. what a great way to use a container like this .. I wish I had more drive to try and grow pumpkins again .. the smaller variety .. note to self next year .. GROW PUMPKIN !!
    Hey .. your deck is fine girl .. relax and enjoy your holiday weekend !!
    Joy : )

  4. I grow all kinds of things in containers, but had never considered watermelon. Hmmm....

  5. What a fun way to grow watermelons.

  6. Good job recycling!

    I know you thoroughly enjoyed those few bites of ripe melon!

  7. What a great idea! I never knew you could grow them like that. All we need anyway--just a bite for the 2 of us!

  8. I love that you planted the melon in the watering can. When something breaks, I always try to find a way to use it in the garden too! That is so cool that the melon grew in it.