Crop Update: Raised Row Bed Garden

It’s been two weeks since I put in my raised row bed gardens and have seen a little bit of activity. As of today, I have 7 watermelon seedlings and 11 honeydew melon seedlings. I also have 2 Black Krim tomato seedlings. A small victory, but a glorious one! These melon seeds were the last in their packets and I planted more seeds than these numbers reveal. I would be most happy to enjoy 18+ homegrown sweet melons and an unknown number of heirloom tomatoes from my tomato plants!

So far, my other tomato, summer squash, bush beans, and lettuce seeds have not (yet) produced seedlings but I will check daily for any change in status. Likely, if these seeds do not germinate in the next few weeks, I will transplant some of the melon seedlings to these rows, to provide adequate space for their healthy growth.

Sometimes, it’s a bit of a waiting and guessing game to see if seeds will germinate. However, if one or more crops (e.g., melons) appear to be successful, it’s a good idea to adjust your garden to make room for them – you have to go with the flow. In my experience, if seeds do not germinate, in the next season, if left undisturbed in the soil, they may eventually germinate, saving you quite a bit of time!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:


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