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Melon Growing Advice

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jun 19, 2021.

  1. JWK

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    Been away for a week and came home to find someone has helped themselves to my first one
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    Most likely a squirrel! They have pulled the plant about too.
    I was feeling hacked off and my plan to allow them to ripen on the ground has backfired.

    Luckily they haven't touched the next one which smelled ripe. Weighing about 1lb (460g)
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    This has been worth the wait, absolutely lovely taste, if I can get a few more I will grow again and make sure the fruit are all netted off the ground.
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      Oh bad luck JWK. Still you have been successful, well done. I am still hopeful I might get 1 or 2 melons to ripen. It is very useful to see the skin on yours. Mine are still pretty smooth and not as big. If mine do not get to ripe stage it won’t be from lack of good weather this summer BUT I have them growing behind a lot of tomatoes which are now at or above roof height ( tall greenhouse!) blocking some of the heat and light so the melon plants have not been able to get as much light as I would have liked. Note to self to grow them in front of tomatoes if I grow again and I have mine in big pots rather than in the soil. As an experiment I grew cucumbers in big pots and in the soil in the greenhouse, ones in soil much better so presume the melons would be the same. All a learning curve. Not given up hope yet as the weather continues to be wonderful, the best late summer for many years.
       
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        You are lucky with the weather up there @hailbopp. The skin surface has pronounced creases when it ripened and the colour darkened, the big give away was the smell, even with my poor sense it was apparent as soon as I went in the greenhouse.
         
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          Picked my first melon yesterday, smelt ripe, came away from the plant easily and had begun to split. Had a slice 10 minutes ago, I've had sweeter ones, juicy and good flavour.
           
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            Sounds very nice Nigel. I'm hoping the current sunny spell will ripen more of mine.
             
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            :dancy::dancy::dancy:. Success, my god can hardly believe it.
            I only let 8 melons grow as thought if I had too many they would not be ripe before the weather turned really cold.
            This is my 2nd, not the biggest but the first one was delicious. Sure JWK is up to his eyeballs in them but i am very happy with my small success. Now can go and buy some parma ham! No there is not a Tesco’s label on it JWK;)
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              Well done @hailbopp ! A great reward for your hard work and tlc. I have about a dozen waiting to ripen, however one of my plants looks to be on the way out with drooping yellow leaves. I keep sniffing the others but so far only eaten one.
               
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                Thanks JWK 2 of my 3 melon plants are like one of yours. All of a sudden the leaves have drooped and started to go yellow. There are 3 that are nearly ripe and the rest a way to go. I am going to eat the ripe ones over the next few days and pick the rest at the weekend. Maybe they will ripen enough on the kitchen window sill, I know when you buy a brick hard one from the shops they usually will ripen after a week or so.
                Do I try again next year? Well probably yes altho having had the fourth warmest summer on record this year I will have to be prepared for what has probably been beginners luck this year and not expect to succeed next.
                 
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                  I'm not sure I will try again next year, I seemed to spend a lot of time with them pollinating and stringing them up. I have a couple of my plants sprawling on the soil and I gave them very little care, there are some decent sized melons coming on those and if they ripen that would be the way to go for me again. The strung up ones do look much more happy though.

                  Our southern summer is probably the opposite to you, the worst I can remember for sunshine.
                   
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                  • pete

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                    A couple more months of summer and I think that we might all be growing them.
                    I think its the shortness of our summers that makes them a problem.
                    Warm nights earlier in the year to get them moving would make a big difference.
                     
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                      Picked a second one yesterday, juicier than the first. A couple more to go.
                       
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                        Something has eaten another one, think it must be mice as I've had the greenhouse shut
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                          Decided to pick all those on the ground for safe keeping and hope they ripen indoors. Still have 4 left in the greenhouse in nets. One was ripe and very tasty:

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                            Poop, you definitely beat me JWK:)Some of yours are bigger and you got more, but I had enough to make it worthwhile and they were delicious. All my plants conked out very quickly so I too picked what I had. All eaten and I gave 2 to friends who also enjoyed them so worth it in the end.
                             
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