Vegetable Garden : Enjoying the Process

Last time I shared about our garden, we had a tiny harvest and everything else was either rotting, being eaten by deer, or still growing. Because we weren't getting much and we lost some plants to that leaf fungus thing, we decided we would see where the rest of the season took us and really just enjoy the process of walking in the garden, watering plants, and digging in the dirt. Any extra harvest would be a bonus.

When we got back from vacation, we thought we'd try one of the watermelons even if it wasn't ready yet. We picked our biggest watermelon (AKA Mama Watermelon) and chopped it up.  Success! It was so delicious and the girls chowed down. I don't think either one of the girls had seen watermelon with seeds in it before, so that was a funny realization.

While eating watermelon, Cora asked if we could plant the seeds. I hadn't thought about it before so I read through a bunch of articles on the internet and landed on this process. First, I put all the seeds in a bowl of water and discarded the seeds that floated to the top. Next, we laid out the seeds and let them dry overnight. We made some envelopes for the seeds and then put all the envelopes in a jar with a little bit of rice. I'm not 100% that this is correct, but I'm hoping what we did worked and we have a good amount of watermelons next year. We made sure to write the name of the watermelon on the envelope to see if one watermelon produces more plants and whether the best tasting ones produce the best tasting offspring. Some of our other names include Trashy Watermelon and Butthead Watermelon... so mature!
Cora was cutting up some lemons from her lemonade stand and she separated all of the lemon seeds hoping to plant them. Of course, I consulted Google to see what I should do. We soaked the seeds in a jar of water before planting. It looks like the plants can be moved inside (or even the garage!) during the winter and it will continue to grow. Cora loves checking on her lemon plants and watching their progress. I'm sure she would love to make lemonade from her very own lemon trees if they ever yield fruit.

In the last month, we have harvested a couple tomatoes and peppers (which are way too hot for me) and we're waiting for some more tomatoes to ripen.

We also found some of these cool mushrooms around the yard. I don't let the girls touch them, but they're fun to look at and observe the different ones that grow around our property.
I have been pulling out some of the dead plants and thinking about starting a fall garden... but for now, we're enjoying where we're at.

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