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Watermelon Uses

August 30, 2012

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I didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because the nearby trees have squeezed out the sun’s rays. Vegetable plants need at least six hours of full sunlight. It is not an easy decision to leave raised beds bare. So much work went into the boxed construction, soil prep, and waterline installation.

However, a couple of volunteer watermelon vines popped up in the westerly edge of one bed. Here the foliage captured enough sun for photosynthesis. Excited about the prospect, I watered the vines with great expectations. I weeded the soil with care. I watched with eagle eyes for voles. Then come harvest, I ate a feast of round, pink pulp so sweet it was like kissing pure sugar. Delicious!

But watermelons are not limited to mouth-watering bites fresh off the vine. There are many uses for this juicy treat, some of which include watermelon:

  • Seed tea to cleanse your kidneys
  • Roasted and salted seeds
  • Seed spiting contests
  • Mosaic seed art
  • Anti-aging rind
  • Smoothies
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soda
  • Punch
  • Pureed soup
  • Jelly
  • Frozen fruit pops
  • Pickled rinds
  • Ice cubes
  • Hollowed-out canteens or salad bowls
  • Centerpieces
  • Carvings
  • Face pack for soft, supple skin or for sunburns and suntans
  • Grated watermelon facial scrub

If you can believe it, there are even more uses for watermelons. But only a cowboy would utilize a watermelon for a hat rack!

What did you do with your watermelons this year besides eat them?

Have a fun, safe Labor Day weekend!

Posted from the library!

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I’m still here, gardening, getting my hands dirty!

August 14, 2012

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Dear Friends:

I’m typing from one of the library’s computer stations. Since I am able to get into my blog from here, the problem appears to be, in-part, my eight-year-old home computer.

I’m sorry for taking so long to figure this out and to let you know, but life has been one heck-of-a-ride the past four months. I see that everyone has remained subscribed and I thank you for understanding. There’s lots of material to review at inandaroundthegarden.net so please use it, and send your friends this way.

I may have to rob a bank, but I will be back when I can get the problem resolved!

I hope your summer has been rewarding and fun.

I pray your dreams are evolving,

And your life is abundant. –Dianne

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