I've said it before and I'll say it again: There is something really really cool about putting a seed -- especially if it's a seed you have saved and stored yourself -- in some dirt (with, okay, some compost and vermiculite and a spritz of kelp emulsion) and then watching as the little green heads start sprouting out. On March 23, I planted the first three melon seeds of the season: a Hokkaido watermelon, a Cantulopo di Charentais and Marina di Chioggia. Exactly one week later, they were already peeking their way out of the dirt (pictured, right). Making it even cooler, the Hokkaido and the Marina di Chioggia were both from seeds I harvested, rinsed and dried from last year's fruit. As you can see, at this point, they were all making their way about equally.
Now, a week later, it's a different story. The Marina di Chioggia (on the right) is making some serious moves, with the Cantulopo in second and the Hokkaido struggling a bit. (Jeff commented that they looked a little like the three bears: papa, mama and baby). I have a feeling the Hokkaido seed is not going to make it so will most likely get another going in the next week or so and move the two that are making it to the community garden. More on melon-mania (not to be confused with tomatopalooza, which refers to the crazy tomato plants I've got going in my garden that volunteered from last year's crop and we'll discuss in another post) to come. Gotta love this time of year.