Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The cantaloupe readiness dilemma ~

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If you come for a visit here in the deep south and take a little stroll with me through my garden, you might think I know a thing or two about growing cantaloupes because…

I planted six little seeds

and

there are about 9 cantaloupes waiting for us to eat them.

That’s not counting the three we’ve all ready picked.

Apparently, cantaloupes grow really well in the deep south!

Care to guess how much I know about planting cantaloupes?

Nada, zilch, nothing at all…

I just planted them because my husband really likes them!  ~smile~

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Now the dilemma came when it was time to determine when to pick these melons to eat.  After a little internet searching, I found out that the melon will separate from the vine on the stem end and will smell strongly of cantaloupe.  So every day, I would visit the cantaloupes and lightly press on the stem end of the cantaloupe to see if it would separate from the vine.

And it didn’t.

David and I decided to cut one off of the vine.  Needless to say, it was not ready.  We got very little cantaloupe from it but the City Chicks sure did love it!

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One day I noticed that a little cantaloupe was looking awfully yellow as compared to the previous day.  (Clue #1 that it is ready, by the way.)  I decided that I would get down there close to the stem end and smell it to see if it smelled strongly “cantaloupey”. 

After quite a contortionist act which was not the least bit successful in getting my 30ish years old self down to the ground to smell this cantaloupe, I decided to gently pick it up and smell it. 

And guess what?

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It gently released itself from the vine!  No tugging, no pulling, no cutting…

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And here I was trying to make something easy so hard.

Boy, with this gardening thing, you learn something new all the time!

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14 comments:

  1. I can almost smell the cantaloupe here! You're doing something right! Maybe you have a home business growing there?

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  2. Wow! That's good to know. Thanks for sharing your information on cantaloupe and the pictures are great.

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  3. They look absolutely delicious!

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  4. girl, you got that right1 Your experience sounds familiar with me and cucumbers...and squash...and greem beans. LOVE gardening!!

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  5. Sweet Country LifeJuly 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    I planted cantaloupe, too. But, the kicker is. They are not doing worth a hoot! However...the one mystery plant, that started growing in my corn, has turned out to be...a cantaloupe and has half a dozen melons in various sizes, growing on it! ;o)
    Go figure!

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  6. I don't live in the deep south, but I do see a lot of farmers at roadside stands offering cantaloupe. I wonder if I should give it a try here in North Carolina next year? Is there any way to preserve cantaloupe?

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  7. I can only imagine how good fresh from the vine cantaloupe tastes! I think a lot of fruits and vegetables let us know in their own way when they are ready--if they resist being picked, they are saying: "let me alone!"

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  8. thelittlegrayhouseJuly 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    So glad you posted this as I was wondering the same thing this morning while out watering. My 9 little seeds have produced quite the vine with LOTS of blooms but no melons yet. (I was late getting them planted) I am hoping for several melons but had no idea when to harvest them. Thanks for the tips.

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  9. Wasn't I saying just last week that my vine was beautiful but I had no cantaloupes? Well, I do know! Hooray! And now I know when to pick them!

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  10. HomegrownandbeeyoutifulJuly 15, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    the best way I learn is by trial and error too:)

    but the good thing about blogging and all these good photos is that we can better learn from each other.
    btw, your lopes are lookin GOOD!

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  11. I love when it I get a "surprise" mystery plant in the garden. They do seem to do well in our garden too. :)

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  12. I've heard of people freezing cantaloupe. I'm going to try it tomorrow myself since I've got three sitting in the frig and many more outside!

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  13. Yesterday, we had a fresh from the vine watermelon and it was the best I've ever had in my entire life! I'm not a big cantaloupe eater so I'm having to get used to the flavor but my husband is enjoying them fresh from the vine.

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  14. We were discussing that same thing the other day! Maybe our crop for next year's farmer's market? (If I can find enough space in my yard. Maybe the front yard. :)

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