Friday, May 27, 2011

Watermelon Elementary: It’s Time to Turn Back Vines

You’re welcome to break out into Cher’s “If I could turn back time.” I sang it the whole time I took these pictures… it’s time to turn back vines…, and now it’s back in my head.

When land is prepared and watermelons are planted, rows are left for the crews to drive on during harvest. We call these the harvest middles. Some people plant rye grass in the middles to break the wind. Wind can really blow some dirt around and sting those baby watermelons!

watermelons 11 (1)A harvest middle.

The problem is that watermelons don’t really know that they aren’t supposed to grow into the harvest middles. Their vines just travel as they please all over the place. Little creepers!

watermelons 11 (18)watermelons 11 (56)“Running”

watermelons 11 (2)Spreading out!

watermelons 11 (43)Creeping into the middles.

That’s when the crews have to step in and turn back vines.

watermelons 11 (3)Vines that were just turned back… see how they are looped up a bit?

watermelons 11 (9)These were also just turned back… see the baby watermelons?

Turning back vines is done periodically throughout the season. Vines are turned back in a field many times because watermelon plants are stubborn and keep growing into the middles!

The result is a beautiful field of green pillows edged by rows of earth. I think it makes a great picture!

watermelons almost 052210 (6)

Check out the other Watermelon Elementary posts to learn more about how your watermelon grows!


Candi James said...

Interesting! Love me some watermelons!!! Will your watermelons end up on a shelf locally? I sure would like to buy one and know that it was grown by your husband. Just so interesting to me.