One of the most delightful things
about a garden is the anticipation
Heat indexes are hitting 115
degrees daily, so I have
been getting out in the fields
very early, the bonus
being having a chance
to watch the sun rise while I
work. I was so excited to pick
our first batch of cantaloupes today.
We planted Hale's Jumbo Cantaloupes
again this year as we have always
yielded a large harvest in the past.
With the lack of rain and intense heat
I wasn't optimistic that the plants would
be able to produce a decent size fruit,
even with all the watering we have
been doing. We sliced one
to enjoy and I'm not sure it it's just
because it's the first, but the
flavor was perfect. I have plans to
make old-fashioned cantaloupe preserves
with a few to add to Christmas baskets.
It is not much work, always produces
a beautiful preserve and I have
several people who anticipate a jar
every year...they have already been
asking. The preserves are especially
good on a hot buttermilk biscuit.
What are you growing this week?