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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 21, 2020 11:59 AM CST
The previous thread: The thread "2020 Melon Thread" in Vegetables and Fruit forum

I've created this thread before 2021 so that we can talk about what seeds we got for 2021 right now, and then after that we can just talk about what's going on with our melons.

I'll start: I got some Honey Dew Melon (Cucumis melo var. inodorus 'Green Flesh') seeds that I'm going to start germinating in March. Pretty soon I'm going to get some Cantaloupes (Cucumis melo) seeds as well.
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Name: Deborah
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Deeby
Dec 23, 2020 2:11 PM CST
Have you ever grown Minnesota Midget cantaloupe? That's one I'd like to try.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 3:32 PM CST
No, I'm new to melons in general so I've only tried a few.

I just looked up some picture in the database, and they look good though!
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 23, 2020 4:16 PM CST
Glad to see this thread, can't wait to start growing large watermelon varieties this year.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 5:06 PM CST
And I can't wait to see the pics of your watermelons. In the last thread there were so many pictures of tasty watermelons.
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 23, 2020 8:08 PM CST
Thanks Kim, this year I want to see if I can grow large watermelons, I'm thinking of Giant Florida, maximum is 50lbs, then Carolina Cross, maximum is 200 lbs.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 23, 2020 9:00 PM CST
I've grown 'Athena' before, & waited until fully ripe. Wow, was it not only heavy, but really juicy
& sweet.
Though, they did tend, to nearly all ripen up, at about the same time.

I liked the heirloom Charentais variety, & although small, it too is juicy sweet, when picked just about the time it changes color, or easily comes off the vine.
The fragrance is exquisite.
I just may try it again this year, if I can make space for it, (for what little space it uses,) & even on the cement, if need be !
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 9:00 PM CST
200 lbs??????

My jaw practically SHATTERED because it hit the ground so hard! I first read "50 lbs" and thought "wow, that's a good size", but oh my goodness 200!

Well the best of luck to you then. nodding
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 9:01 PM CST
ShawnSteve said:I've grown 'Athena' before, & waited until fully ripe. Wow, was it not only heavy, but really juicy
& sweet.
Though, they did tend, to nearly all ripen up, at about the same time.

I liked the heirloom Charentais variety, & although small, it too is juicy sweet, when picked just about the time it changes color, or easily comes off the vine.
The fragrance is exquisite.
I just may try it again this year, if I can make space for it, (for what little space it uses,) & even on the cement, if need be !


I think I've tried 'Athena' before, at a friend's house. I'm not entirely sure it was 'Athena', because I mainly just remember how great it tasted. It was soooo good.
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Name: SoCal
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Dec 23, 2020 9:03 PM CST
According to Gurneys, but if I grow them, I'm hoping for 20 lbs, never got anything that big before either.
https://www.gurneys.com/produc...


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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 9:05 PM CST
Still, 20 lbs would be an accomplishment for sure.
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 23, 2020 9:10 PM CST
Yeah, That's my hope. The 50lbs can be 10lbs here.
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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 10:15 PM CST
This year my hope is for even 3 melons at the most, as I don't have high hopes right now for ANY type of gardening. We just moved to SD so we're going to have to adjust to the climate, and we're probably not going to get any harvest this year because of that. I hope it takes 2 years at the max for us to fully adjust.
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 23, 2020 10:44 PM CST
How's your family adjust to the area so far.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 23, 2020 10:55 PM CST
We've adjusted pretty well to the climate, but still haven't experienced all of the weather. The kids really like the snow, but I'd rather stay inside with a cup of tea lol. One neighbor was talking about how last winter they got 4 feet of snow. 4 feet is a little too much for me lol.

The worst part is probably the wind. It's so frightening. Last night we had 60 MPH winds, and the glass table and metal chairs out on the porch got knocked into each other and upturned. What a scary noise it made as we heard the furniture on the front and back porches shifting.
Love is patient and love is kind. Always be loving and kind to one another.
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Name: Deborah
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Deeby
Dec 24, 2020 12:37 AM CST
Kim, are you near DeSmet where Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived?
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Name: Deborah
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Deeby
Dec 24, 2020 12:45 PM CST
Darn typos!
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Dec 24, 2020 2:00 PM CST
No, we live in the Black Hills in SD.

That would be cool to live where she lived though!
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Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Dec 24, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Thanks for answering. I grew up on those books. Although I lost interest after discovering that they were fiction loosely based on fact.
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ShawnSteve
Dec 24, 2020 2:37 PM CST
I think I recall seeing those Carolina giant watermelon seeds, on a seed rack, at a nearby Orchard (mostly peaches) Supply store.
They offer other produce, I likely picked up a packet of Peanuts, known for their larger sizes. Most probably another seed, from North Carolina, as I think that's where the Seed Co. is likely based.
Some sort of locust discovered my large peanuts, while growing & must have considered the leaves to be a delicacy.

I figured I didn't have the space to grow the giant watermelons. They'd probably be best grown near a spigot, &/or the rain gutter downspout, as they most likely need loads of water, to get really huge.

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