If you come for a visit here in the deep south and take a little stroll with me through my garden, you might think I know a thing or two about growing cantaloupes because…
I planted six little seeds
there are about 9 cantaloupes waiting for us to eat them.
That’s not counting the three we’ve all ready picked.
Apparently, cantaloupes grow really well in the deep south!
Care to guess how much I know about planting cantaloupes?
Nada, zilch, nothing at all…
I just planted them because my husband really likes them! ~smile~
Now the dilemma came when it was time to determine when to pick these melons to eat. After a little internet searching, I found out that the melon will separate from the vine on the stem end and will smell strongly of cantaloupe. So every day, I would visit the cantaloupes and lightly press on the stem end of the cantaloupe to see if it would separate from the vine.
And it didn’t.
David and I decided to cut one off of the vine. Needless to say, it was not ready. We got very little cantaloupe from it but the City Chicks sure did love it!
One day I noticed that a little cantaloupe was looking awfully yellow as compared to the previous day. (Clue #1 that it is ready, by the way.) I decided that I would get down there close to the stem end and smell it to see if it smelled strongly “cantaloupey”.
After quite a contortionist act which was not the least bit successful in getting my 30ish years old self down to the ground to smell this cantaloupe, I decided to gently pick it up and smell it.
And guess what?
It gently released itself from the vine! No tugging, no pulling, no cutting…
And here I was trying to make something easy so hard.
Boy, with this gardening thing, you learn something new all the time!
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