Mother of all melons

This sangria 36-pound sangria watermelon won the author of this column first prize at a fair.

Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated in Egypt and India. There are over 500 varieties.

My love of watermelons comes from spending summers on my grandfather’s farm where he raised them for us to enjoy. Nothing was better than sitting under the farm’s huge trees eating cool watermelon dripping with sweet juices.

Connie Holland is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

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