Sunday, June 22, 2008

Harvest

Cantaloupe, Ambrosia, June 22, 2008 (seedlings planted March 26th) 89 days, >5 lbs.




Actually the second cantaloupe, the first one having been picked by John and Becky while they were garden-sitting. I've been waiting for the official tell-tale signs -- cantaloupe smell, softness around the stem, easy separation from the vine -- but it still wasn't showing any. It was, however, cracked on the blossom end and ants were starting to explore, so it had to be done, but it's plenty ready. It's not the sweetest one I've ever had, but it's mighty good.



As I was bringing it inside, I was reminded of what was probably a seminal experience for my organic gardening hobby. It was our family vacation to the mid-Atlantic when I was in the 4th grade (generally I date all childhood memories to the 4th grade, but I think it really was in this case) and we were doing some touring of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Driving past Amish farms, the air was heavy with the smell of cow manure. At a restaurant or farm stand, we had a cantaloupe that we generally agreed was the best any of us had tasted and we attributed it to the Amish farmers' use of manure fertilizer. In hindsight, I think it was a basic realization for me that cow shit could grow tastier fruit than the granulated stuff in our shed at home.


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4 Comments:

Blogger Lancashire rose said...

what I would give for even a sniff at that cantaloupe. In the past I have grown with success but this year no luck. The vine is growing but not setting fruit. Please share your secret. When id you start, from seed? etc.
jenny

June 23, 2008 12:14 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Rose,

See my earlier post for all those details. I'm a little surprised to have this success considering how little I did to the soil. I'm concerned now though that I haven't had a new fruit set in almost two months and am wondering if I'll get any more.

Kelly

June 23, 2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I guess you need a better scale. I wish I had the room to grown these things.

I did a mini watermelon last year, it tasted like salt.

June 24, 2008 7:19 AM  
Blogger miriam@mysisterdalesgarden.com said...

nice melon----i've got a few growing in the garden. last year they had no taste---i'm hoping this year will be different. come visit dale's garden. www.mysisterdalesgarden.com and my blog www.mysisterdalesgarden.blogspot.com great pictures, recipes and stuff.

June 24, 2008 10:20 AM  

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