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My very first watermelon.....

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My very first watermelon.....

Post  quiltbea on 7/24/2010, 12:20 pm

I was surprised this morning when I went outside with my camera and watering can. I have a baby watermelon growing. Its soooo smalll.....

The variety is Sugar Baby and its the one started from seeds sown June 7th. The seedlings planted the same day only have blossoms right now...

These are the two started from seedlings on the same day. As you see, they only have some yellow blossoms.
I go out each day with a Q-tip to touch each of the blossoms to help them pollinate. I hope I get more melons. My family and I love them.

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Re: My very first watermelon.....

Post  Megan on 8/29/2010, 10:47 am

How are your watermelons coming along, Quiltbea? Sure look nice. All I've gotten so far is one fruit smaller than my thumbnail. My poor watermelon is the lame duck of the garden.

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Re: My very first watermelon.....

Post  Chopper on 8/29/2010, 10:52 am

Same here. I have one the size of my fist and lot looking like it is getting any bigger. And this isn't a mini variety. Very Happy

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I'm letting them ripen now.

Post  quiltbea on 8/29/2010, 12:28 pm

I'm holding off the water now. 'They say,' in a couple of books I've read, to hold off on watering the last 10 days of ripening so they can sweeten up and then they will be ready to pick. We haven't had rain for 3 days and expect none til a week from this Wed so it should work out perfectly.

This is my largest Sugar Baby, the picture taken about a week ago. I have two more that are close to this size and about a half dozen that are much smaller. I'm hoping to get at least 3 from my vines this year. I didn't get any last year from my 2 plants.
I wish I had my camera back from being borrowed. Today I harvested the 3 Sweet Granite cantaloupe that were growing on my 3 vines. One is beyond eating and two look good. I didn't realize they were so darn small. They are only the size of an elongated baseball. I have two cut and cooling in the fridge. I'll let you know how they taste later. They were too warm when I cut them (actually, they about fell off) the vines.
Good luck everyone with your watermelons. In Maine, they aren't easy to grow since they need lots of growing time. The Sugar Baby are smaller and get to ripen in time.

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Re: My very first watermelon.....

Post  Megan on 8/29/2010, 1:48 pm

Oh wow... so beautiful!!! Very Happy flower

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Yum!

Post  ander217 on 8/30/2010, 8:36 am

Your melon looks wonderful. Ours are long gone, but they were so good. I finally broke down yesterday and paid $4 for a melon in the store, but I know it won't taste as good as the ones we grew ourselves.

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Re: My very first watermelon.....

Post  miinva on 8/30/2010, 9:42 am

We're so lucky to have a farmer's market with a vendor who grows excellent melon, and he progression planted this year so that we have them late into the season! Smile I've been making delicious cantaloupe-peach smoothies and I bought extra to freeze so that we'll have smoothies long after the season ends.

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This is my watermelon today.

Post  quiltbea on 8/30/2010, 11:41 am


This is a photo of the largest Sugar Baby today. It still has some days to go. The stem end is not shriveling or getting brown yet.
Today will reach 88 and tomorrow will probably reach 93 so we'll have some nice warm days for the melons to ripen.

Here's another.

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Tendril

Post  ander217 on 8/30/2010, 4:47 pm

We use the tendril method for determining ripeness. If you look near where your melon stem is attached to the vine there will be a small tendril curling out of the vine. It's usually a few inches away from the stem of the watermelon. When that tendril turns brown and dead-looking we turn the melon over. If the "belly" is a deep cream or buttery color, the melon is ready to pick. If the belly turns yellow the melon is usually overripe, and if it is white it is underripe.

This method proved true for all four melons we harvested this year.

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Pads under melons?

Post  Megan on 8/30/2010, 6:32 pm

In a number of photos of melons I have seen a pad of some sort used beneath the fruit if the fruit is lying on the ground. What is the purpose of this? Is it necessary? If so, what is the best type to use? :?:

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