Melons – Sweet Melons

A few years ago Bob, a fellow gardening friend, introduced me to melons that easily grow in northern climates. Now I hadn’t tried to grow melons for many years after a run-in with all the bugs, powdery mildew and bacterial wilt that seem drawn like magnets to melons. Said I would never do it again , waste of time and space, but they looked so good. Maybe just try it again. One year. Last year. It worked! So here I am one year later.20170810_165403

The cantaloupe melons are on bamboo trellises this time around.

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These were the watermelon vines on July 15th but powdery mildew has since claimed some of them.

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Photo above shows what the White Sugar Lump watermelon looks like freshly picked from the vine. Early Moonbeam watermelons look similar to these.

Very Ripe Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe

A very ripe Minnesota Midget cantaloupe is pictured above. I nearly missed it until it turned completely yellow in the garden.  It lay hidden under the vines.

Minnesota Midget

These two Minnesota Midget cantaloupes are just a day or so away from ripening, more like cantaloupes that you would purchase in the store. Also I want to show other melons that are ripening on the vines.

Ananas D’Amerique

This is the beautiful  Ananas D’Amerique A Chair Vert AML110  cantaloupe. It has a plump round shape with noticeable bulging ridges and it was originally grown in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello gardens. This is an heirloom!

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Blacktail Mountain watermelon

The  Blacktail Mountain watermelon has been prolific but many vines succumbed to powdery mildew, although I’ll still have some to harvest.

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Collective Farm Woman

Lastly I wasn’t successful last year with the Collective Farm Woman cantaloupe, so I’m excited that I have a few to sample this time around. Although I’ll have to wait, I’m told this variety is delicious. There are a few marks on the melon from the cucumber beetle but otherwise it’s in good shape.

Using neem oil periodically about every two weeks prolonged the harvest and kept the insects at bay, but more importantly organic gardening as a whole, has given me better production results.

Neem Solution (100% virgin cold pressed neem oil)

1 tablespoon neem oil

1 teaspoon liquid soap such as  Dr Bronners

1 gallon water

Of course I’ll be saving seeds  from these like I do with most of the veggies and flowers I grow. Until next time.

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