I guess we are in the drought I suspected. The Regional Drought Monitor confirms this. We have had a slight rain or two but no where near the rains we usually have in the summer time. This lack of precipitation helped lessen the impact of the flooding from the Mississippi in this area...or so I have heard. The good news is I'm appearing to have more success with my watermelons than I usually do.
I'm attributing that slightly to the dryer weather or maybe it's the new white woven mulch technique I am trying this year. So far it's impressed me! Everything grown on it seems to have done better. It suppresses our aggressive weeds and reflects additional light. This area of my garden is more traditional. I grew peas, beans, corn, potatoes and watermelon so far in it and the yields have been fairly good!
But the watermelons....I'm thrilled. At first glance it just resembles a tangle of aggressive vines. In Louisiana all vines are aggressive.
in the fall.