Too Many Melons

I planted a couple varieties of cantaloupe this year and they're all ripening at the same time. I think that next year, I'll plant a couple of hills in early May, like I did this year, then plant a couple more in mid- or late-May to spread out the harvest. The melons are very good but it's getting difficult to keep up with them. Fortunately, the sheep enjoy the excess.
Paul
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Pavel314
i'm worried about that problem happening here too.
i'd say that is a good problem to have if you can find people who want them.
i've also thought if it would be possible to juice them...
songbird
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songbird
My best cantaloupe was one one melon and it was the size of a baseball.
What variety did you grow?
What kind of fertilizer did you use?
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T
I searched online and found a lot of recipes for cantaloupe pies, salads, jams, etc. My wife isn't interested in any of those. I may try making a batch of cantaloupe wine.
Paul
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Pavel314
I grew one hill of El Gordo melons; we just picked a 15 pound melon this morning. Another hill was just plain cantaloupes, I don't recall any special variety on those. Those are normal size, like what you get at the store.
I scattered sheep manure from the barn in the pumpkin patch and tilled it in well in the spring. When I planted the hills, I dug out a shovel full of dirt below each and filled the hole with compost. I also sprinkled a tablespoon or so of 10-10-10 into the hole but that was all the fertilizing I did.
We also have a very large pumpkin out there; the variety is called "First Prize" and is said to grow up to 300 pounds. Will let you know how that one turns out.
Paul
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Pavel314
T wrote: ...melons...
worms love melons/melon peels, but i only have ten buckets and can't possibly keep up with 30 or more melons (my last count for six plants).
the other day i was out checking the bean gardens to see which were ready to pick (as dry beans). i looked over and saw a melon that had formed between two large rocks. it was more ripe and i could even smell it so i picked it to see how it was.
it was excellent, perhaps a few more days and it would have been perfect. flavor is not quite the same as a standard cantaloupe/muskmelon - it has hints of cotton candy flavor. very good. i'm sure i'll have a ton of seeds.
i have to learn somehow. :) the first one i picked way too green, it was barely edible in the center. this second one was fully ripe in the center and only a bit hard along the edges.
i'm going to have to give a lot of these away!
songbird
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songbird
I am envious! I can't grow a melon for my life!
Then again, I can only eat three tablespoons of melon a day do to my blood sugar, so it might be a good thing.
:'(
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T
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like i suspected too many all at once. i have called my friends to see how many they might come to pick up today. there's probably six or more out there ready to come in.
i picked three yesterday that were ready and all of them were good. i ate half of one or more, but that's about my limit for a day. the rest i cut up and we have a container in the fridge that will last another day or two.
out in the garden there is one that i missed picking yesterday so either my friends will get it today or i'll pick it to see how ripe it is at that color. it is fully orange - that may be overripe.
songbird
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songbird

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