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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 2:09 PM CST
What's been goin' on with melons where you guys are?

Over here I'm currently germinating honeydew seeds.
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
May 15, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Mine are up and running but no blossoms yet.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 3:42 PM CST
That's great Dillard! What type of melons are they?
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
May 15, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Watermelons: Dark Belle, Gold N Gold, Sweet Favorite, Compadre. Cantaloupe: El Gordo Honeydew: Sweet Delight. Getting old, had to cut back this year. No Crenshaw or Spanish types
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 7:37 PM CST
Oooooo, the cantaloupe sounds really nice right now. I'm very new to melons, so I have to ask: when will the cantaloupes and watermelons be ready to harvest?
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
May 15, 2020 7:39 PM CST
I can usually get early ones for July 4.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 7:40 PM CST
That's great! I bet you're glad when that time comes around 😋
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farmerdill
May 15, 2020 8:06 PM CST
One day at a time. Right now I am gorging on spring salads. Lettuce, pak choy. spinach, radishes, onions. Blueberries beginning to ripen. Summer squash maybe a week away.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 8:17 PM CST
Wow! That's great to hear Dillard! When we move (which is hopefully before fall) I am hoping to have a berry garden.
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
May 15, 2020 10:23 PM CST
I have Ha'Ogen

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Charentais

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Hearts of Gold

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And a Burpee's Ambrosia, I've been growing this one for years.

For watermelons, I have Sugar Baby, and Crimson Sweet.




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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 15, 2020 10:54 PM CST
That's great!
Sorry if I misunderstood, but did you mean that you've been growing watermelons for years?
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
May 15, 2020 11:02 PM CST
I grow Ambrosia for years, they are so sweet when I withhold water at the end. Yes, I also grow watermelons for at least 10 years, I live to grow melons. Everything else is secondary.
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ElPolloDiablo
May 16, 2020 2:12 AM CST
I am having troubles with germination (about 30% so far), but it seems to be the trend with Cucurbitaceae this year here. I am seeding some more melons more later today and hope for the best.

Since I am the greatest watermelon lover in the universe (according to my mother) I would love to grow them but I lack the room and these hills are not the best environment for them. Funny thing is I could get watermelon seeds from Central Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan etc) which are very old fashioned cultivars, meaning smaller and with a much thinner rind than modern cultivars so popular in Europe and the US.
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
May 16, 2020 7:37 AM CST
I grow watermelon in container, I don't have room so I will try to train them to climb my fruit tree. Last year somehow the watermelons were not developed properly, they are not round, a bit lopsided for some reason.
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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
May 16, 2020 9:56 AM CST
farmerdill said:Mine are up and running but no blossoms yet.


Dillard, I had a volunteer Mini Love hybrid come up in the garden from where I planted them two years ago! It's probably only 16" long or so and already has a couple of blooms on it. I'm not sure what will come out of it but I'm watering it!! Smiling
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
May 16, 2020 10:06 AM CST
You may not notice any difference from last year
Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
May 16, 2020 10:12 AM CST
I planted three hills of Mini Loves this year but the volunteer is *way* outgrowing and healthier than the ones from new seed. It will be interesting to see what I get.
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Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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KFredenburg
May 16, 2020 10:36 AM CST
ElPolloDiablo said:I am having troubles with germination (about 30% so far), but it seems to be the trend with Cucurbitaceae this year here.


How do you germinate your watermelons @ElPolloDiablo?
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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 16, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Intheswamp said:

Dillard, I had a volunteer Mini Love hybrid come up in the garden from where I planted them two years ago! It's probably only 16" long or so and already has a couple of blooms on it. I'm not sure what will come out of it but I'm watering it!! Smiling


That's great Ed!
Love is patient and love is kind. Always be loving and kind to one another.
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Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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KFredenburg
May 16, 2020 10:42 AM CST
SoCalGardenNut said:I grow watermelon in container


So the watermelons do well in your containers? Because I wasn't sure if I was going to have transplant my honeydews to the ground.
Love is patient and love is kind. Always be loving and kind to one another.
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