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Aug. 1st, 2009 @ 07:40 pm Sometimes You Just Have to Wait...
I've been reading up on things of a vinelike nature and the simplest way to tell when my modpodge of assorted mellons is if you can twist them off easy, pick it...

If you have to tug, leave it alone.

Lessons Learned.

So simple a mancaveman can do it...

I took a knife to the picked melons for a test and they are super dense but the big ones need to grow longer inside the orange is more Yellow and the green goes in real far but the little one is tasty but I am thinking it would have been a tad more sweeter and more aromatic also a way to tell when they're ripe, but reguardless it's in my belly and things here are content to wait and play things out.


Ripe and Dense

Not Ripe

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Date:August 2nd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Looks delicious. I'm drooling...
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Date:August 2nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 2nd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's the variety of avocado they grow in Chernobyl. In Russia, avocado eat YOU! ;o)

I grew cantaloupe once that were a "sport" hybrid, apparently they had crossed with a big gourd of some sort, and what I got was huge, football shaped, yellow, hard as a rock on the outside, and had yellow flesh that tasted like a honeydew but saltier. They were interesting. I saved seed, but they didn't germinate...too far out on the genetics, I guess.
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Date:August 3rd, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)

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The seeds said Cantaloupe but I am aware in the US muskmellons?

I can't really enjoy an avacodo and I definately am not a fan of guacamole...

Are you sure Keter?

I do bow to your higher knowledge generally in such matters as these.

Did you think about the drip thing for your fig tree?

You just need some 5/16 plastic line and use a small dowel to get a hole started. don't make big airpockets it's bad for tree roots but I bet ten gallons of water a day right under the tree would go further with less water than a hose, or do you have a 5 gallon moat around the base of the tree so it can soak down?
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Date:August 4th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)

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No I'm sure you have a cantaloupe, I was was messing around with the avocado thing, cuz it was silly. ;o) Last year I stared three avocado trees from pits and I'm hoping they'll adapt to this area, but this heat is definitely not helping. I like eating things that look like putrid dinosaur eggs. ;o)

The fig is in really rocky soil, so it's struggling even with a daily slow soaking. It just doesn't have enough root down to pump sufficient water. I'll cut it back heavily after it goes dormant this winter, and it should be ok next year.

Incidentally, I spoke too soon on the garden not bearing...I found a hidden cucumber and there are two new eggplants. We got a break in the heat and it looks like the garden is doing as I had hoped and will put on a late showing.

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Date:August 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)

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Use water preassure and bore a hole using a jet on a garden hose, slip in the plastic pipe, fill the hole with sand, then run a bucket of water down the tube. It will let the sand settle and fill voids. Occasionally the tube will clog you just wiggle it up and down and inch or so to clear it. Get about 12 foot of the tubing and to prime is you just start with the end coming from the ground and wind it into the bucket under water and chase the bubbles out, then plug the bucket end of the tube with your finger and keep it under water, unwind the tubing from the bucket and if its on a concrete block or something and you have the tube filled with water, no bubbles when you let go of the inlet under water the siphon starts, then tape the tube in a way the that the line doesn't fall out of the bucket.

Mine actually would start just by dumping a full bucket of water rapidly into the one for the tube and a strong stream at the base of the inlet tube will increase the preasure for a moment enough to force water into the tube and away you go...

That little cantaloupe was tasty.