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The Curse of the Cantalope
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Pigster    Posted 08-16-2003 at 11:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm hooked on muskmelons. A fresh well ripened melon has a smell and taste that comes straight from the heavens. Therein lies the rub.

I can not no way no how seem to figure out how to get one out of my garden. I grow great crops of them year after year. Long vined beauties with a melon or two at each leaf node. They grow to the size of footballs and seduce me with expectations like a lottery ticket. Then they start the miraculous process and go from green to yellow. I know orange is next and y'all can follow the drool trail from the house to the melon patch. But soon, must be while I'm asleep, I get beaten to the punch(make that melon). When I go to pick my first, and every, pride and joy I find the poor soul riddled with holes and little 1/8-1/4" black beetles with little spots on their backs enjoying MY melon. The few that they don't get the crickets eat the end out of and they get moldy/rotten before they get really ripe.

HELP ME!!!!!

I've tried every variety under the sun short and long season. Beer in cans in the patch, Props underneath the melons, starting indoors and planting the seeds directly outside. Every year same thing - beautiful melons for the bugs and I get nuttin'.

Can anybody give me some faint glimmer of hope that there is really someway for this poor old country boy could actually eat a homegrown muskmelon before he meets his maker. Like the old(real) farmers used to say, "we've only got 50 or so growing seasons to get it right".

Thanks for sharing my dream/fantasy.
PS -- Southeastern Wisconsin I have fair to good luck with watermelons.

Rich    Posted 07-10-2004 at 13:21:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When is it time to pick off vine?

DL    Posted 08-16-2003 at 18:33:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried to grow cantalope once. It takes a long time to ripe. But the time between ripen and rotten is very short, probably just a day or two.

Cindi    Posted 08-16-2003 at 12:23:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
We always cut all but one from the large vines. So if you've got six vines coming off the plant, leave only one (the largest one) on and snip the rest off. You may have as many as six large vines coming off the plant, leave only one per large vine.

You don't get as many melons, but you'll get more ripe ones.

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