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!
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!
That’s when the crews have to step in and turn back vines.
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!
Check out the other Watermelon Elementary posts to learn more about how your watermelon grows!