Following Skeeter's great comment about naming my garden babies after the Flintstones, I'm going to name this new baby "Barney."
Below: My younger sister with Barney
As you can tell, Barney is a big ole watermelon! He grew from a small watermelon seedling that I bought at the store. And the watermelon vine spread... and spread, until it overtook my yard. But we let it grow because we wanted to eat juicy melons this summer.
After my mom came home safely from her tip in Missouri, the family decided to harvest one watermelon in her honor. We're going to wait a few days before we split "Barney" open, but he is one big melon! He came in at a whopping 28 pounds!!!! It took two people to lift him from the garden into the house!
I don't know what variety he is. He looks like a black diamond. I think he could have grown bigger on the vine, but we have about 5 or 6 other watermelon currently growing on the plant. So we decided to harvest Barney to give nutrients to the smaller melons.
I'm sure he'll be delicious. We did thump, and it does sound ripe. We shall see, and I shall post pictures!
Below: My sister doing a little "thumping"
And finally, this post would not be complete without, yet, another photo of Luka... trying to escape Barney's grasps.
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