With most of the country in the worst drought the US has had in 50 years, what I'm about to say will make most of you want to give me the stiff middle finger.
Try to restrain yourselves...But I'm tired of rain.
We must be the ONLY place in the US getting rain and we're getting it everyday. Yesterday, I had to deal with flash flooding on the way home from work. A storm dumped 3 1/2 inches in 1 hour in the South Charlotte area where I work.
We've had rain everyday here between 5-7pm. Don't know how much...don't really care. As usual the tap is either full on or shut off completely. The grass is really HIGH. The dogs high step through the back yard. Except for Scooter, who just plows through.
Even the cat looks at me in reproach..."I may be blind lady, but don't you think you can get out and mow this stuff?"
The garden is in chaos. Weeds abound. They're everywhere and I don't care. My pumpkin plants can grow around them. The tomatoes are in blight. I just shrug.
But will you take a look at them melons!
These are Ambrosia Cantaloupes (Hybrid). I had wandered in to our local nursery last month wanting to see if they had any sweet potato slips (they had sold out) but I felt obliged to buy something, so I bought these.
Holy Moley are they happy! Fruit is setting right and left and the bees are happy pollinating! This comes as a total surprise to me as last years melons were a fail. I haven't made it to harvest yet but my fingers are crossed.
I do know that you have to be really careful with melons. If the skin is in anyway cut by bug or rot the entire melon is bad and you shouldn't eat it. I've read horror stories of people who got REALLY sick after eating a melon that way.
I can remember my Dad putting melons on cans to keep them off the ground to try and prevent rot. I had a few cans but grabbed some coffee mugs to set some of them on too.
I'm a newbie with melons so if any of ya'll have got words of wisdom, toss em at me.
After you're done flipping me off, of course...