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Watermelons cantelope
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Mark Brown    Posted 09-16-2002 at 18:35:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone help me, on an average how many watermelons can you grow on one acre. Also how many cantelope can you grow on an acre. If someone never has grown either what are some tricks of the crop. What should be done first,when do you plant, do you plant them all at the same time (watermelons and cant.) how long is thier growth period, any good books out there to help me. I'm doing this so my 3 kids learn the value of a dollar at the same time live off the land thanks

John    Posted 09-18-2002 at 15:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This year I planted eight hills each of watermelon
and cantelope. I didn't have any problems with the critters. But, the turtles were rough on the melons. They like taking a bite or two and move on to the next one.{feed those melons to your farm animals} We had so many melons anyway it wasn't much of a problem.
Melons should keep producing until the first frost. Try the "Ambrosia" hybrid muskmeon. They are prolific and very sweet, especially the vine riped. Try watering a few hills with sugar water and compare taste to the hills with plain water. You will be pleasantly suprised. Shumway sells all kinds of melon seeds by catalog or on-line.

DAVE COYNER    Posted 09-17-2002 at 13:18:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

They r sooo!! right. Without a elec or some other kind of critter fence u r just wasting your time.I planted a few hills of watermelon outside of the main garden & without a elec. fence the deers left me one melon out of about 20 lol

Mudcat49    Posted 09-17-2002 at 09:14:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have a lot of coons around? (the 4 legged masked kind) If so if you don't do something about them then they will eat all your melons.

Hogman--FIRST THING    Posted 09-17-2002 at 04:32:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark if You live in Deer country befor You do anything else plan a Deer proof fence which should include Coyotes,Fox,Skunks,Ground Hogs---You get tha picture.
Might cosider a GOOD watch dog ta live in tha melon patch along with tha fence.

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