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Great evening in the gardens tonight!

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The best news is that my new watermelon seeds have sprouted and are looking great! I planted the new round of seeds a little different because the last ones died early on because of the heat. I found out that only 1 inch of mulch will lower the soil temperature of the dirt by 10 degrees or more. My last round of seeds never germinated because the soil temp was well above 110 deg. in the heat of the day.. These new seeds were planted into a heavily amended 3 sq. ft. area that had 5 lbs of earthworm castings and 2 lbs of Texas green-sand worked into the native soil, then mulched with 1 inch of native shredded tree trimmings.
Here’s my “newbies” :

The color and growth of the newbies looks promising despite the string of record 100+ degree days this summer.

On a lighter note, while I was taking photos of the new Mellon plants, I noticed that we have a new very tiny bunny in the backyard that loves all of the shade and hiding places amongst the plants. We named it “lee-doe”, because it’s very “lee-doe”! {chuckle}
The little fellow was watching me tend to the plants and never ran away. This shot was only 4 feet away from the baby bunny and it seemed rather comfortable with me:

My wife just loves the little thing and hopes that it does good this summer. It should, I have watering stations for all of the wild critters from ground level to about 3 feet for the birds. I love all of the new critters in the yard this year!

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Hmm. That's strange. I like watermelons because they are one of the few garden plants that can sprout in 110º+ air temperatures--140º+ soil temps! Okra, Mung Bean, Honeydew Melon, Armenian Cucumber, and Amaranth complete the summer crew.

24 Jul, 2011

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