Thursday, August 2, 2012

cash money melons

Well, we sold the babies, finally. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a good price. Two kids for $90, total. That barely covers the cost of their vet bill, and certainly doesn't cover the cost of Mabel's vet bills from when she died... But, that's not really relevant. Just for comparison: we paid $125 each for our does when we bought them. Last year, we sold four kids for $80 or $90 each, I don't remember exactly. This year, no one wanted to buy, so when I finally did find someone to buy them, I was soooo desperate to sell that I just took his offer. Hey, they are going to a good home and now I have milk. So, I shouldn't complain all that much.

The melons have been good lately, we are about done. There is one more honeydew on the vine; it should be ready in about a week. We have had a lot of melons: honeydew, gali, muskmelon, watermelon. Of all of them, I like the galia the best for its purely sweet flavor, medium size and full slip ripeness. It's like the muskmelon's ease of determining ripeness with the honeydew's flavor but in between the two for size. Perfect in my book. My wife likes the muskmelons better. I think next year I will just grow muskmelons and galia, and not mess around with watermelons (weren't worth the space) and honeydew (so hard to determine ripeness!).

A word to the wise: if you have a need for hundreds of cucumbers, grow armenian cucumbers. One blogger, in discussing how productive they are, described them as being like "rabbits on ecstasy". I can confirm this productivity... I grew 6 plants. I have been harvesting, on average, 5-8 large cucumbers per week for the last 2 months. That's a lot of cucumbers. But, they are tasty.

Anyways, things are going well on the farm. I've been making cheese, harvesting eggplants, planting fall tomatoes and generally biding my time till september for fall planting. Can't wait!!