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Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  AlwaysHotinFL on 7/16/2017, 11:50 am

Have a favorite disease/pest resistant, productive, flavorful watermelon and/or pumpkin?

I grew organic sugar baby- only got 1 before the plant succumbed to disease. Haven't grow pumpkin yet. 

Curious to hear your favorites!
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Post  sanderson on 7/16/2017, 5:51 pm

Do you know what disease did them in? I'm wondering if summer is just too deadly for melons and pumpkins in your area. Maybe start some now and see how they do for your "fall."

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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  Mikesgardn on 7/16/2017, 10:02 pm

AlwaysHotinFL wrote:

I grew organic sugar baby- only got 1 before the plant succumbed to disease. 

I typically only get one fruit per melon plant (or pumpkin) anyway.  I've noticed that the plant will produce more than one fruit initially, but seems to put all of its energy into one of the fruits, while the others whither away.
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Post  AlwaysHotinFL on 7/19/2017, 5:28 pm

Not sure what disease, but it was a bad one. Mike, good to know to expect low yields from those plants. 

Still curious to hear people's favorite varities!
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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  meatburner on 7/19/2017, 6:44 pm

Casey,  we have grown a small melon called "Minnesota Midget Melons" for the third year now.  They are about like a small cantelope and look and taste similar as well.  They are exceptionally juicy and full of flavor.  As Sanderson suggested, maybe try to grow them now as a fall crop in your climate as they are fast growers.  We get the seeds from Baker Creek and save the seeds.  They are really good.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/20/2017, 6:55 pm

If you're growing pumpkins for eating rather than decorating, my favorite "pumpkin" is actually a squash.  We grew them last year for the first time.  They're an heirloom called "Boston Marrow."

They grew between 20-40 lbs.  They have very sweet and smoothly textured meat and made incredible pumpkin pies.  Our family won't let me grow anything else now, lol!

Made great soups.  We dehydrated a lot and used it for soups and stews over the year.  It also sauteed up nicely for meals.

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http://www.rareseeds.com/boston-marrow-s/?F_Keyword=boston%20marrow
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Post  sanderson on 7/21/2017, 7:59 pm

Audrey, I don't have room in my little backyard for a marrow fruit much less for the whole plant!  Wink

Had the first Petite Gris cantaloupe today.  The blossom end split and it looked like the ants were interested, so I cut it off the vine.  As the hulls stay green, I wasn't sure if it would be any good.  I had to literally cut the strong vine as it was just shy of ripeness.  Cantaloupe flavor, crispy and juicy and sufficiently sweet enough to enjoy for breakfast.  Thank goodness!  The other half will be for dinner.  

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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  gwb1865 on 7/24/2017, 9:25 am

Check with your county extension office.  They can tell you what varieties of melons and squash have been successfully grown in your county as well as the best planting  dates.
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Post  stealthmayhem on 7/24/2017, 9:37 am

sanderson wrote:Audrey, I don't have room in my little backyard for a marrow fruit much less for the whole plant!  Wink

Had the first Petite Gris cantaloupe today.  The blossom end split and it looked like the ants were interested, so I cut it off the vine.  As the hulls stay green, I wasn't sure if it would be any good.  I had to literally cut the strong vine as it was just shy of ripeness.  Cantaloupe flavor, crispy and juicy and sufficiently sweet enough to enjoy for breakfast.  Thank goodness!  The other half will be for dinner.  
I'm more interested in what variety of tomatoes were in the metal bowl.
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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/24/2017, 8:47 pm

gwb1865 wrote:Check with your county extension office.  They can tell you what varieties of melons and squash have been successfully grown in your county as well as the best planting  dates.
Good advice!  Florida you will have a ton of options with your long hot growing period, anything I tell you will be short season, like Meatburner suggested, maybe a quick season with MN Midget, but it is a muskmelon.

I would grow a long season big old traditional seeds and all watermelon!  They are the best tasting IMHO.

Here, we grow quickies: Blacktail Mountain(sweet, tons of seeds) and Stars and Moons (new to me!!!!). These mature quickly.
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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  sanderson on 7/25/2017, 12:59 am

Stealth, Do you mean the striped tomatoes? Black Vernissage from Baker Creek. Quite prolific and hardy here in the hot Valley.

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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  AlwaysHotinFL on 7/26/2017, 1:23 pm

Great comments, might have to try some of these. Boston Marrow looks like a fun challenge!
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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  TCgardening on 7/29/2017, 1:35 pm

Casey,
 I haven't done much with watermelons but they need to get started in Feb or Aug. I had great success with Seminole pumpkins. Very good eating like a butternut squash or you can use in a pie. You can get the seeds from Baker seed.
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Re: Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin

Post  AlwaysHotinFL on 7/31/2017, 3:27 pm

That's the second time the Seminole Pumpkin has been recommended to me. Will have to check it out!
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