I feel like I've done a lot in the yard during the past week - it's been mostly weed pulling and brush clearing, but there were some weeds I was going to have trouble getting to. They were in and around what has become my watermelon patch. I didn't plan on having one of those - I was trying to trellis the plants so they would be neat and orderly, and sometimes you can't do that. I finally let them take over a corner of the garden, and they have paid me back with a few surprises.
I started cleaning up the area the other day by pulling all the weeds that the watermelon vines weren't growing through, and then I got out there tonight to do the more tedious part. I began finding watermelon vines, making sure they didn't have any fruit on them, and following them back to main plant and pruning them. I can't tell you how much I cut back, but it was a lot. I must have been a little careless, because I accidentally cut a vine that had a watermelon attached. It wasn't all bad - a 14-pounder that's supposed to grow to 15-20 pounds.