I got some wonderful advice from well-wishers when we started out on our debt pay off race in November 2009. The most common theme was grow a garden to save money, so we did-a huge garden! It's been so fun for our family and the rewards of growing our own food are deeply satisfying.
However, I have a little story I wanted to share about growing watermelon in our fabulous state of Washington. If you aren't familiar with the state, it's not all rainy and overcast like the Seattle area frequently is. Actually, Seattle is lovely in the summer. Ok, now to my part of the state-eastern Washington. A completely different story. We have sunshine often and snow in the winter, four complete seasons. Not a lot of overcast days.
So, last spring, in an attempt to have a friendly chat with a dad from my son's preschool while waiting in the hall for class to get out, I asked if you could grow watermelon here. I got this reply: "HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED HERE?" Uh, since winter 1978. Some laughing. But for my part, I was thinking GAME ON preschool dad! Not only will I grow watermelon, we're going celebrate it, take pictures of it, bowl with it, and finally, eat it like kings.
Here's what we have: