This watermelon was so ripe it almost split itself open once I started cutting into it. I was hesitant to pick it; until now, I had only bought watermelons at the store. I had read somewhere that the vine attached to the stem would brown and shrivel a bit when ready, but that did not happen. I simply decided it sounded and felt ready. And it was very heavy (8 lbs) for its size (these are Jade Star Hybrid Watermelon).
I have several of these left, but also planted some other watermelon seeds that I purchased at the local store to ensure a bigger crop when many of my first batch did not germinate - watermelons seem really hard to germinate, or am I the only one that experiences this?
I accidentally knocked a watermelon off the plant a few weeks back so cut it open to see if it might be ripe. It was white inside! I had no idea they grew like that.
The small Sugar Pumpkins appear to be ready as well. And they really are small (1.75 lbs)! I only managed to get a few for now, but there is still hope for more. These are supposed to be great for making pies, so I suspect that will be my first use for it.
And finally, one of the white (lumina) pumpkins growing from seeds that I saved from the previous year has started to grow (most of my pumpkins died early from the area flooding during heavy rains).
I had purchased one seedling of a muskmelon from the local farmer's market this year and I put it in a container. It grew well enough to grow a single fruit. I thought the plant and the fruit were dying but then all of a sudden the fruit was ripe (but much smaller than I expected - which is probably why it has a bit of brown at the top; I probably left it too long on the vine). I don't normally like cantaloupe so was hoping that eating a melon fresh from the garden might improve the taste for me. Not so ... I still don't like it.
In addition to the single muskmelon plant, I also planted cantaloupe. I will give the taste another try when those are ripe, but most likely will be giving those away to friends.
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