It's another hot day in the lower Rio Grande Valley. It's got to be in the mid 90's. We've started another garden and planted the first of the new citrus trees. The newest garden is 105 x 40 and will be prepared the same as the other gardens, with raised beds and completely mulched. I don't need the space until the new plants are ready to be transplanted in August. I will add compost, dry molasses, alfalfa pellets, greensand and top it all off with grass clippings to await planting.
I was picking melons yesterday and noticed more racing lizards are calling the melon patch home. I love these guys! They're bug eating machines! Caterpillars don't stand a chance. I saw aphids on the cucumbers last week and thought about getting the diatomaceous earth out and maybe taking care of the burgeoning aphid population. As usual, my procrastination was a good thing, the lacewing larvae were pigging out on the aphids. Bye, bye aphids!
The melon patch is out of control, it's a jungle. I planted the melons on 6ft centers in raised beds. At first I would put the vines back in the row but was too busy for about 3 days to work with them. The vines have grown across the rows and intertwined. The melons are doing well though and the fruit is large and beautiful. I have three 30ft rows of galia melons, one row of honeydew, one row of moon and stars watermelons, one row of mixed melons(crenshaw, san juan and charentais), one row of sugar baby (and this is interesting; I planted sugar babies from two different seed companies and they're two completely different melons), one row of jubilee melons, one row of regular cantaloupe(heart of gold I think), a row of canary melons and a row of cool green honeydews.