Thursday, June 9, 2011

Watermelon Elementary: Turning Back Vines 2

I happened upon the guys turning back vines today and raced home to get my camera! I got some good pictures of a field whose vines were way into the middles – and I took video too (You can hear me speak a little Spanish on it!)


The rows in this field are perpendicular to the sun’s path, so the vines grow into the harvest middle, which is east towards the morning sun. The vines are much thicker on the east side of the rows, and they have more watermelons. It’s pretty neat.

003The vines one the left are facing. See how much bigger?!

015Looking back down the row… vines on the right are facing east. All of these have been turned back.

032East side

033West side

These had gotten so big that the guys had to pick up watermelons and place them over on the row.


In the name of ag education, I bogged my chanclas (flip flops).


And I either have a giant (dirty) foot or this is a really tiny watermelon!



Amanda said...

Okay, first off, I feel like the biggest dork EVER commenting on that pic of Blair on I was looking at Smocked Tots (love them) and saw her pic and just knew she looked familiar. Should have read who submitted the picture, LOL! Anyways, I have a question for you. I immediately thought of you when I was at the grocery store buying a watermelon. How do you tell if it is ripe? I've always heard to thump it but one lady in the store told me to press the place where the stem was and if it was soft, it was ripe. HELP!!! ;o)

Candi James said...

So interesting! Yes Ashlee, I would like to know that too. I have always heard that the yellow-ER the belly is the riper.....what is the real truth?

John McCord said...

Where you asking him if it wasn't as hot that day?

Joanna B said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I LOVE meeting other families with health issues similar to ours. Sometimes I feel like we are the only ones in our circle of friends with weekly doctors and therapies, instead of playdates.
I love your blog!

Candi James said...

Hi Ashlee! How can we tell if the melon is ripe or not....thumping...yellow-er ...???

Ashlee said...

A ripe watermelon should have a creamy yellow belly. There are ripe watermelons without it, but the yellow is a sure thing. If you slap it with your hand, I think it tells more about bruising than ripeness. If it's flat sounding, you don't want it. If it vibrates and is "squishy" feeling (as our watermelon crew leader's son says), it's good.

AA said...

love that spanish!! yep, chinese, good job! she was stating (in a question) that it was a little less hot that day!