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Melon question
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Dreamweaver    Posted 06-02-2001 at 10:33:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have bad luck with my melons. They always are smaller than they should be, and never seem to get any size on um, and never seem to really ripen. Any advice? And for the comedians in the house, I'm talking about WATER melons and cantelope.

Mike Taylor    Posted 06-03-2001 at 18:41:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Melons like loose sandy soil. The tighter the soil, the smaller they will grow. They actually get more water from sandy soil and are sweeter. I've seen melons growing in sand dunes out in AZ.

Spade    Posted 06-03-2001 at 12:13:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Direct your question to Hank. The Muscatine Island is famous for water melons and cantelopes. If you are not familiar with Muscatine, it is a city about 35 miles down river from Davenport.

The melons are excellent, I've eaten many of them.

IHank    Posted 06-03-2001 at 17:11:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Spade and Dream Weaver- Don't put me on the spot about the Muscatine melons. I got no technical knowledge and have had poor luck with 'em here n Central Iowa.

Two things I think I know-
1. Growing melons takes a bunch of technical knowledge combined with school of hard knocks experience.
2. The Muscatine area produces 'em by the truck load and THEY ARE GOOD! I suspect there is a natural advantage, of plenty of water and very fertile soil all constantly re-supplied by the Mississippi River.

I keep trying to grow 'em, but it ends up a lesson in humility and the practicality of buying 'em at the store.

A blast from the past-- When I was a little kid we had a neighbor that was outstanding with his melon production. George Reeves was an old black man and a fine gentleman.

He'd stop by our place every so often and I remember two inqueries he had for my father- where to get rye seed and where to get lime. This was right at the end of WWII when lots of stuff was hard to find and get. He apparently seeded his patch to rye in some kind of crop rotation scheme, applied some lime, and his best ground was sandy soil. Hope that helps. IHank

Hogman    Posted 06-03-2001 at 18:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
suspect lime to change the ph,increase the uptake of good soil stuff,make the soil more friable and the rye would be a good quick crop for green manure. Buck Wheat might work better tho.
As a chunk of a lad up in green county We would dig a hole about a foot deep,put in about 4-6 inchs of cow manure,cover that with good dirt and plant a mellon hill. Worked pretty good.

Hogman followup    Posted 06-03-2001 at 18:38:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Caint do that here in Taney Co ,no place Ya can dig that deep.We grow rocks mostly.

BFO    Posted 06-03-2001 at 04:55:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm, I guess I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this topic.......I'm gonna have to see them to make a proper diagnosis ;-)

LazyHorse    Posted 06-03-2001 at 06:48:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
BFO don't forget the touch test. Ya always gots to touch / squeeze and thump them melons to make sure they is really ripe.

BFO    Posted 06-03-2001 at 17:28:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, there is no substitute for hands on experience....good point LH!

LazyHorse    Posted 06-02-2001 at 21:10:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was gonna suggest implants, until I seen you was talking about watermelons & cantaloupes :-)

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-02-2001 at 21:13:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
ROFLMAO @ Lazyhorse!

Burrhead--Shooeewweeee    Posted 06-02-2001 at 11:42:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm glad I read that last line close. I nearly missed it tho. That's about the closest I've come to swallering my store bought teeth since I got um.

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-02-2001 at 11:53:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I should have know it would be YOU Burrhead! LOL

You know, I typed the question and then I got to studying it, and it just didn't look right. Then it HIT me! HAHAHAHAHA

Burrhead    Posted 06-02-2001 at 14:54:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw naw naw. Thanks for the post. I was kinda moping around here today while Ma Burr and the gals are in town and could'nt get my rear in gear.

What I was thinking before I got to the last line was that Dolly Parton must have done alot of talking herself. Bless yo heart Lil Sis.

I'll be alright I needed to file down that one eye tooth anyways.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 06-02-2001 at 18:22:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Since we're on the subject of melons. When I'm feeling kind of sad I am suffering from a bad case of MELONcholy.

JoeK    Posted 06-02-2001 at 10:45:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bein as how melons are mostly liquid,I would suspect to little water,or too much sun would slow maturing and size.Also perhaps a nutrient deficiency in the soil.I'll go talk to mine and see what they like and report back.

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-02-2001 at 10:59:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Joe, mine must be ticked off about somethin, cause they ain't speaking.....

JoeK    Posted 06-02-2001 at 11:03:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just asked mine,who told me I was all wet on too much sun,not enuf water.They told me to go and see this:

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