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WATERMELONS

Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:51 pm

I talked with an oldtimer today about how to tell if a melon is ripe i have always used the thumping method and the dead curl on the stem he said to lay a piece of broomstraw crossways on the melon if it turned straight the melon was ripe i told him i thought he was trying to pull one on me but insisted it was true my melons are not ripe yet so i haven't tried it anyone ever heard of this.

Jim

Re: WATERMELONS

Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:15 pm

Never heard of that one before!----kinda like the ole' forked stick telling you where to drill water well, I guess!--LOL! thanks; sonny

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Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:12 pm

Jim ! I have a patch of Watermelons. I'm going to give it a try :)

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Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:10 pm

I went by the pig tale dead and dried up, worked fine for me and my jubilees.

Grew some dandy melons this year!

If'n I knew the picture thing good enough I'd post a pic of one of my 30+ lb jubilees

WnYF

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Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:51 pm

My Aunt Dot taught me that trick a few years ago and it does work. She loved watermelons and carried a broom straw with her. Has to be the old type not anything synthetic. Grump

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Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:27 am

That is some good information. Thanks. I am going to try it. :big afro:

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:45 pm

my mellons are doing great I grew the round type, cant remember the name off the top of my head. I also grew cantalopes too. this has been a good year for both of them. wonder how the straw would work on a round one

Re: WATERMELONS

Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:57 pm

The straw works on round ones also. Put it on opposite the stem.

Re: WATERMELONS

Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:26 pm

roll it over and drag your fingernail across it if the skin peels up EZ it is ripe

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Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:58 pm

This is the first year that the pig tail method hasn't worked for me. The pig tail was dead as a door nail and cut one of the melons and it was green as a gourd. I had to wait for another two weeks for the melons to get good and ripe. I had good luck with my Charleston Greys and Black Diamonds, but the Jubalees didn't fare so well.

I have heard of the straw method Jim.

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Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:11 pm

White n Yella Fella wrote:I went by the pig tale dead and dried up, worked fine for me and my jubilees.

Grew some dandy melons this year!

If'n I knew the picture thing good enough I'd post a pic of one of my 30+ lb jubilees

WnYF


Here is a pic of a jubilee that I grew last year along with my Grandsons. It weighed in a 54 lbs.

Image

Re: WATERMELONS

Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:15 am

I don't have a picture but i have one that weighed 76lbs.

Jim

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Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:46 am

Jim Reid wrote:I don't have a picture but i have one that weighed 76lbs.

Jim

Now just hold on there Jim, we're talkin water melons here not punkins ... :roll: :lol:
Can you store that big ole thing until Bosses one day event in October ?
I'd like to see that one up close with a knife and a salt shaker... :{_}: :-:-):

Re: WATERMELONS

Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:56 am

Right on, Yogie! That in itself would be reason enough to drive back to Virginnie. :lol: :lol:

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Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:28 am

Georgia Boy wrote:
White n Yella Fella wrote:I went by the pig tale dead and dried up, worked fine for me and my jubilees.

Grew some dandy melons this year!

If'n I knew the picture thing good enough I'd post a pic of one of my 30+ lb jubilees

WnYF


Here is a pic of a jubilee that I grew last year along with my Grandsons. It weighed in a 54 lbs.

Image



now thats a mellon wow
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