Farmer MacGregor enjoys watermelon; so this winter I searched the Baker Creek seed catalog for the perfect variety. The Malali seemed like it would fit the criteria. A small, seeded, sweet melon that grows well in the oven-like garden known as Bakersfield, California. Sold! The seeds were planted on April 28, sprouted on May 6, and they haven’t stopped since.
They share a bed with the Lemon Squash (left).
For some reason, whenever I work in the melon patch I have the desire to do a little tweezer work. Sadly, these will not be ready for the 4th of July; but old MacGregor will have the rest of the long, hot summer to enjoy melons. I’m now on the lookout for the dreaded pests that are sure to show up.