All Things Gardening forum: Am I ready to pick?

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 30, 2012 6:13 PM CST
My very first Honeydew Melon. My biggest fear is to pick it too soon. Do you think it's ripe enough yet?

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 30, 2012 7:25 PM CST
I'd say, not quite yet.


Is the tendril that attaches it to the plant at all withered?

Which honeydew is it?
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 30, 2012 7:32 PM CST
Thank you!

No idea which one it might be. We got a really nice one at the grocery sometime last winter and saved the seeds from it Big Grin
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chelle
Jul 30, 2012 7:47 PM CST
I've picked them too soon before, and it's such a huge letdown. Now, I usually want to see ants attracted to them, or to actually be able to smell a sweetness before I pick. By that time they're just on the edge of being overripe...perfect (IMHO) for home use. Smiling
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gardengus
Jul 30, 2012 8:04 PM CST
Beautiful ...Hope it tastes as good as it looks
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quietyard
Jul 31, 2012 9:17 PM CST
I have found with my cantaloupe that when they are ripe you can smell them and if you lightly brush against them they come right off the stem. No tugging needed.
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dave
Aug 2, 2012 10:39 AM CST

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quietyard said:I have found with my cantaloupe that when they are ripe you can smell them and if you lightly brush against them they come right off the stem. No tugging needed.


I love varieties that do this, but not all do. Many varieties are like watermelons and hold on tight even well after they are ripe.

The smell test never fails, though. You should always be able to smell the ripe fruit when it's ready.
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quietyard
Aug 2, 2012 2:55 PM CST
That is good to know, Dave, that not all varieties are as easy as my Ambrosia were. Smiling
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threegardeners
Aug 6, 2012 7:53 AM CST
soooo...just outa curiosity we picked one...it for sure ain't a honeydew...it's a squash of some kind...any wild guesses as to which squash it might be?
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chelle
Aug 6, 2012 8:21 AM CST
I had wondered...the leaves looked more like a squash.

To me, it looks like Spaghetti squash.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 6, 2012 8:27 AM CST
I thought that at first too...but I can't see us saving seeds for that because I've never bought one that I can remember...any second guesses?
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chelle
Aug 6, 2012 8:32 AM CST
Not offhand. That's the only one I've grown that looks like it. Smiling
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 6, 2012 8:56 AM CST
Well, you could always go back to the grocery store and see what kinds of squash they have in stock! Hilarious! Oh, my, what a let-down!
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 6, 2012 9:05 AM CST
Glare I knowwww...my mouth was all set for honeydew....squash is ok, but it ain't honeydew!!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 6, 2012 1:20 PM CST
well, we cooked it, it's a spaghetti squash...a very tasty one too Thumbs up
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woofie
Aug 6, 2012 1:22 PM CST
Ha ha, figured it was something you liked at least, or you wouldn't have kept seeds! You know, I've never cooked spaghetti squash. Gonna have to try it one of these days.
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quietyard
Aug 6, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Hilarious! That must have been a shock !
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 6, 2012 2:55 PM CST
I love spaghetti squash. Thumbs up

I didn't grow any this year because our store always carries them...decided to try some others in that space instead. Now, I'm wishing I had! Hilarious!

Mmmm...lots of butter, and a sprinkle of Parmesan....Yum!

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