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Any watermelon lovers
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Gilbert Wateferer    Posted 02-10-2003 at 08:25:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whats the best seed to buy, any seedless varieties out there


Mac in MS    Posted 02-10-2003 at 13:17:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You ever heard of Moon and Star watermelons? They have yellow spots on them some large and some small dots. We had one that weigh 70 lbs back in 1974 when Camille hit the Gulf Coast.


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 02-10-2003 at 12:01:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Black Diamond (seeded) grown in Luling, Texas (about 40 miles south of Austin) is by far the best watermelon I have ever had in my life...and I have eaten the best there is from the I-84 area in Oregon and Washington too....places like Hermiston, and Umatilla grow awesome watermelon, and are a very close 2nd. We used to stop and eat it on the way to Spokane from Oregon when I was a kid, but the Black Diamonds from Luling RULE! And not to sound too much like a Texas lover, but the very best Cantalope comes from Pecos, Texas, and is known thruout the world...one guy back east gets the 1st crate off the line every year and pays dearly for it. All Pecos cantalope will have a sticker on them. And they ship all over the place. I'm growing Black Diamonds and Pecos cantalope seeds this year in the garden. A very well drained sandy soil is the best.


Old Sarge    Posted 02-10-2003 at 10:01:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used ta grow em here in Kentucky. The best I found for shipping any distance were the Charleston Gray. For the local market I grew the Black Diamond. The BD don't shi[p very good because of the thin skin.

Tricks and tips: Lots of gypsum. You can do like I did. Get hold of a contractor who does dry wall. He'll give you the scraps to get rid of them, grind them to a powder and put it on the soil heavy , till it in. Then plant your seeds. Lot's of water, and if possible have it , the water, filter through powdered gypsum. It makes the melons sweeter since the plant converts the ph into a natural sugar. It helps if you have sandy soil to begin with.

Lot's of luck. My melon patch (2 acres) netted me approx $750. per year.

If you need motre help email me. The seeds are available from Gurneys.


Never read yours first, but...    Posted 02-10-2003 at 12:08:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...I guess we have the same taste in watermelon. I might try your gypsum trick on a little spot this year, but have had awesome melons without in the past. Usually the ones that come up around the compost pile are really sweet...volunteers are always good. Lynch


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