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#3710401 - 07/14/14 10:32 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: DntBrnDPig]
chunkandwind
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 Originally Posted By: DntBrnDPig
You can use unsulphured molasses from walmart. I think I got Brier's Ridge or something. Think it has a rabbit on the front.

Just put a little in a jug and shake it.

If you really want to get into it, start reading up on compost teas.


That's exactly right. A little should be a tablespoon per gallon.

Compost teas are an amazing amendment for your garden.
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#3710644 - 07/15/14 08:42 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: ]
BlountArrow
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I was glad to get it knocked out before last night's big storm!
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#3710669 - 07/15/14 09:01 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
DaveB
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Eat em. Pepper is amazing on cantaloupe.
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#3711935 - 07/16/14 02:20 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: ]
redlegs07
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X3. Used to not care for cantaloupe, put some fresh ground pepper on it and now I love it!
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#3718431 - 07/25/14 07:30 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
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Well...you guys got any tricks for how I can determine when they're ripe or when they should be picked?
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#3718550 - 07/25/14 10:41 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
chunkandwind
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The stem end will have just a bit of give if you press on it with your thumbs. It will smell like cantaloupe. It will have little smell when it not ripe.It should be firm and round as well, no indention's on the outside. Look for a nice orange-yellow color in the "netting".
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#3718631 - 07/26/14 07:14 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: chunkandwind]
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C&W has it right. push next to the stem and it will give a small bit. And it will smell like cut cantaloupe. Once you have plucked them from the vine, let it set for a day at least on a countertop in your Kitchen.

I happen to like mine hot-not refrigerated. Probably as a result of pilfering melons when I was a barefoot fruit terrorist in Indiana. After a day or two you can refrigerate if you want. Try it hot with pepper.

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#3720743 - 07/29/14 02:17 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: DaveB]
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I must not have the touch. Didn't feel the "give" y'all speak of but went to move one slightly yesterday and it broke off in my hands and it had that cantaloupe aroma. We'll cut into it tonight and see.
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#3720746 - 07/29/14 02:21 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
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Actually, I have read, in the Burpee Catalog which is 100% accurate, that if the vine detaches with a very slight sideways push, the 'lope is ripe.


I always used to let them set a day or two. The whole house will fill with the smell.

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