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Posted by btbarbara none (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 5, 11 at 13:36

I got kind of a late start (not a big deal here in GA because we can grow well into the fall) but I've still been feeling kind of frustrated that I have about 100 miles of vines taking over my yard and only one little cantaloupe and one baby pumpkin. I see lots of female flowers on my cukes and pumpkins but only males on my cantaloupes and watermelons. So last night I did some reading about hand-pollinating and looked at all the pictures I could find online to make sure I'd recognize a female flower. I went out this morning to really search for any shy girl flowers that were hiding and much to my surprise, I found one...covered in ants so I didn't really want to mess with her. But look...what's that over there? A watermelon the size of a golf ball? And HOLY COW! Good thing it wasn't a snake because it would have bitten me before I saw it!


Both of my boys have July birthdays and the birthday watermelon is a bigger deal at our house than the cake. I'm so stoked that they might get to serve a watermelon we grew ourselves at this year's party! I hope it's ok...the vines had it pretty well pinned to the ground so it's a little deformed. About the size of a skinny football (I think this one is Jubilee but I could be wrong). The top looks beautiful and the bottom is kind of white/yellow. Should I roll it over? I did break it out of its little cage so it can continue to grow. I guess we'll see. But apparently Mother Nature has things under control!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Oops!

When my boys came home from Grandma's, I took them out to see the watermelon and my 4 year old found THREE more that I totally didn't see this morning. Clearly I need to check under those vines a little bit closer! The boys weren't as excited as I'd hoped but I think they were just mad that we didn't get to cut one today...this whole gardening thing has definitely been an exercise in delayed gratification for them!

RE: Oops!

Put one in a box and you can grow a square melon

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