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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Jun 28, 2014 12:02 PM CST
Anyone getting ripe watermelons yet? Of my 25 plants, (7 varieties) I now have about 12 watermelons. Largest is bowling ball sized. (I think they're all small types) None ripe. My non- gardening, but gardening expert husband already considers them a failure. "Should have been ripe by now". How's yours?
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Name: cheshirekat
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ckatNM
Jun 28, 2014 1:04 PM CST
I don't even have melons on my vines yet. But I planted the melons later than I planned to because that bed wasn't ready. But I also have a few vines in different beds because of the seeds in the compost. Many of those vines, including cantaloupe, are about the same size, although allowed to start growing much later. I think there are probably 50 plants, so I may have to go on a melon diet. It would save a lot of grocery shopping if I could eat that much of them. I will end up giving many away, like I did last year with fewer plants.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Jun 28, 2014 1:18 PM CST
Wow, I wish I had so many. We're lucky to get one a week, and up to last year, no ripe ones. They are either not ripe, though the melon has all the ready to pick signs, or they are split from too much rain.
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Jun 28, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Most years here I get a melon for the Fourth of July, but not this year. We had very late spring and everything is about two weeks behind.
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Horseshoe
Jun 28, 2014 7:53 PM CST
TKitty, dont give up on 'em. "Ripe by now" is determined by when you planted them as, as F-dill said, the weather. As long as they're not rotting or withering I'd hang in there with them.

I set out 13 (or was it 16?) plants and as of yesterday have 19 melons that I can spot among the vines (and weeds/grass I haven't pulled.) If I were you I'd check your maturity dates on the varieties you set out; trust me, it'll ease your pain! :>)

Farmerdill, we've had such cool nights here this past month or so I wonder if ya'll have had them also. It sure slows down growth on certain plants, doesn't it? Hope you are doing well down your way.

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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Jun 28, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Hey shoe. No June has been hot. Problem was April -May. Soil just did not warm up and warm weather crops just sulked. On the other hand getting tons of squash, beans, tomatoes, sweet corn. By the time they finish should be getting melons, cantaloupes, okra. Sweet potatoes have just started growing. Only problem so far is the pickle worm arrived a head of schedule. I can usually work around them, but not this year. Keeps life exciting.
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Jun 28, 2014 8:22 PM CST
I think the problem (difference of opinion?) here is I'm trying to grow melons that taste good, even if they take longer to ripen. Husbands grandfather grew melons for selling, and they all ripened at one time, early. Right now I'm growing:
Early moonbeam 80 days
Orange and green honeydew 110 days
Isreali melon 95 days
Moon and stars 82 days
Charentais 85 days
Blacktail mountain 70 days
Prescott fond blanc 90 days
Sweet passion 85 days
Jumbo melon 90 days
I planted them March 15, and again every three weeks, but its been raining, overcast a lot this year. Couldn't tell you which, if any tastes good, as I've never gotten a melon to ripen.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 29, 2014 4:48 AM CST
Well, My melons are just about 4 inches high right now! In Sept. if we don't get an early frost, I should be able to have a ripe one. Canteloupe are a bit larger, as I planted plants that were started. It must be nice to be able to garden in March and April, Up here we're still scraping frost off the car windows then Sad I start the tomato and pepper plants in April, but in the house!
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 29, 2014 7:12 AM CST
Thanks for posting, Tom -- I was suffering serious zone envy (why do I even open a thread called "watermelon" ??) nodding

I don't think the frost was completely out of our ground until early June!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 29, 2014 7:28 AM CST
Boy Sandy, You're WAY up NORT! At least you can grow good Rhubarb!!! Most years I can get a good crop of watermelon, but this year our spring was very late, and I was late getting the garden in. I didn't have a veggie garden last year, first time that happened in a long time, but I was working half time, and I just couldn't get it all done. It took me a while to get the ground prepared again, but boy I have a big garden this year to make up for it all. Hilarious!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 29, 2014 12:41 PM CST
All right you Northerners! I suffer serious zone envy when it is so bloody hot and humid here that everything in the garden wilts (including me) and dies. We have to plant early or starve down here.

I also am jealous at how fast you get up to speed when the weather does fair off. Closer to the sun or longer days or better soil???

I grew up in the frozen tundra on Minnesota and watermelons were never considered a crop. Growing season was just too short. We frequently grew our own cantaloupes and they were really good.

Now, my mouth is watering for melon.
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jun 29, 2014 1:29 PM CST
Ok. Mine at the moment.


Melon hungry: here are the varieties I have grown since 2004. http://s294.photobucket.com/user/farmerdill/library/Watermel...
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Jun 29, 2014 5:04 PM CST
tveguy3 wrote: "Boy Sandy, You're WAY up NORT! At least you can grow good Rhubarb!!! " Tom, don't forget the rutabagas and cabbage! Hilarious!

Pod -- I know I'd never survive in the heat of the summer down south; other than the fact that you don't have to put on 50 pounds of clothing when you DO go out, summer in the south is worse than winter up here as far as I'm concerned. And you're right -- it's quite amazing how much stuff we can grow, even if watermelons aren't our best crop... I tried growing a couple of artichoke plants one year (!) which made pretty darn impressive plants but no flower buds to eat (there's always at least one more or less weird thing going on in my garden Whistling )
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 30, 2014 5:52 PM CST
Yes, Sandy, the Rutabaga's and Cabbage, couldn't live without them. Rolling on the floor laughing I did successfully raise some Artichokes one year. I think there's a thread on here from years ago somewhere with pictures. Here is one picture of some that matured. Boy were they good. I haven't tried them since, but I will have to do it again. You have to put the plants through a chill period (not frost) to get them to bloom, as they are not really annuals. I started mine in Feb. inside, and then they needed, I think around 200 days of chill. I just set them outside when it was cool, and took them inside during the night when it would freeze. It was fun to do. If I do it again, I think I will start them earlier.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Jun 30, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Tom, it's lucky that we can grow rutabagas, onions, carrots and potatoes here -- how else would we make pasties??

Hmmm, might have to try that artichoke thing again... Big Grin
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Gleni
Jul 4, 2014 2:45 AM CST
What is a Rutabaga? Sounds obscene.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 4, 2014 5:07 AM CST
It is a root crop, I haven't checked if it's in the data base or not, but it is great tasteing. Farmers used to feed them to cattle after they chopped them up. People cut them up and boil them until soft, mash them like potatoes, and season with real butter, salt and pepper. Yum! It's one of my favorite winter veggies. Also great in veg. soups and stews. Some people roast them. (Not my favorite way to eat them) After there is a frost in the fall, they seem to be sweeter. That is a funny name though! Hilarious!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jul 4, 2014 5:33 AM CST
So true on the name... I think many good foods were avoided because of odd names. My spouse always called Asparagus ~ spareguts and wouldn't touch it. I always said, good! more for me!
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Jul 4, 2014 5:47 AM CST
last year I won a gold medal for the largest watermelon in the state. here is a picture of it.


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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Jul 4, 2014 7:28 AM CST
Would you believe I have actually eaten it. They call it a swede turnip here. As a kid, I had to be beaten to eat it. It was only in my 50s that I grew to eat it. When I think about it, rutabaga is growing on me as a name. Thank you.

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