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#2910744 - 08/17/12 06:38 AM Cantaloupes
htnseymour
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First year with my cantaloupe plants. Planted two. So far have gotten four, but just last night I saw 12 new melons starting and two that are about softball size. The ones we picked were as sweet as candy.
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#2911696 - 08/17/12 11:47 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: htnseymour]
catman529
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they are my favorite. I have my garden mulched in woven landscape fabric and wood chips, but I put my melons in a separate bare patch that I weeded by hand in the spring. But of course more weeds came back and after the drought was over, they grew in so fast I lost control and one of the guys involved with the community garden tilled it all in. So my new cantaloupes are mere seedlings planted in place of some cucumbers that I ripped out. I hope to get one or two fruit before the frost......
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#2913526 - 08/19/12 11:07 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: catman529]
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i love fresh cantaloupe,hard to beat
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#2939552 - 09/11/12 01:06 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Ate our first homegrown cantaloupe last night! Glad I checked it, as it was just starting to get soft on one side. Sweet as could be!

Whatever cheap variety I planted had lots of blooms but very few took. I think we have only one more melon out of 2 or 3 plants that is growing to any size.
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#2939646 - 09/11/12 02:19 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: Nimrod777]
catman529
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I might cry..... I planted too many cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins in a separate patch that I carefully weeded early in the season, but the weeds came back so thick and fast after the drought, I did not catch up with them, and eventually one of the guys with the community garden had to bush hog it. I re-planted some cantaloupe in my main patch where the cucumbers were, but last I checked, their growth was slow and rather bug-eaten. I did eat one or two from other growers in the garden but none of mine produced. Lesson learned, going to downsize next year. I can't keep up with 32 tomatoes, 30 peppers, 9 hills of cucumber, some okra, and a whole other patch of cucurbits that got overgrown.
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#2940500 - 09/12/12 06:57 AM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
DOC1187
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 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
i love fresh cantaloupe,hard to beat
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#2946715 - 09/17/12 06:06 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I might cry..... I planted too many cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins in a separate patch that I carefully weeded early in the season, but the weeds came back so thick and fast after the drought, I did not catch up with them, and eventually one of the guys with the community garden had to bush hog it. I re-planted some cantaloupe in my main patch where the cucumbers were, but last I checked, their growth was slow and rather bug-eaten. I did eat one or two from other growers in the garden but none of mine produced. Lesson learned, going to downsize next year. I can't keep up with 32 tomatoes, 30 peppers, 9 hills of cucumber, some okra, and a whole other patch of cucurbits that got overgrown.


wow you grew a lot this year. i bet that was a lot to keep up with.

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#2947186 - 09/17/12 11:35 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: Inkstainz]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
 Originally Posted By: catman529
I might cry..... I planted too many cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins in a separate patch that I carefully weeded early in the season, but the weeds came back so thick and fast after the drought, I did not catch up with them, and eventually one of the guys with the community garden had to bush hog it. I re-planted some cantaloupe in my main patch where the cucumbers were, but last I checked, their growth was slow and rather bug-eaten. I did eat one or two from other growers in the garden but none of mine produced. Lesson learned, going to downsize next year. I can't keep up with 32 tomatoes, 30 peppers, 9 hills of cucumber, some okra, and a whole other patch of cucurbits that got overgrown.


wow you grew a lot this year. i bet that was a lot to keep up with.
yeah and between work and fishing, only times to go in the garden were in the middle of the 90+ degree afternoon so I did not get in the garden as much as I should have.
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#2970191 - 10/05/12 06:51 PM Re: Cantaloupes [Re: catman529]
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All the vining crops, hand pollenate to get maximum fruit started and then pinch off all but three or 4 per vine.
Cantelopes seem to vine like mad.....isn't there a hybrid variety that is defined as "compact"?

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