Ladies and Gentlemen, we have melons!
Wednesday evening, we dashed to the garden in a brief, rain-free moment (that was the day the remnants of Hurricane Isaac doused us) and found a pair of blushing cantaloupes. Angel proudly carried them to the kitchen and handed them to Grandad.
Remember the words of our Friendly Farmer? Pick them before they blush…
Ooops. They’re overripe, and not as sweet as I’d hoped. It wasn’t for lack of attention; we tugged on those babies every morning and every evening. They never did ‘slip’, or come off the vine easily.
They’re pretty, though.
Now, here’s the fun part…when I wrote about waiting for the melons to ripen a week or so ago, I got a note from gingerskeeper, who blogs at This Bountiful Backyard. Seems she bought some seedlings last spring that were marked “cantaloupe.” They grew well in her garden this summer. Then, while she watched and waited for the characteristic ‘netting’ to form on the fruit, they started exploding…
Ok, it’s called “splitting,” but “exploding” sounds more exciting.
Anyway, after she saw the photos from my garden, she realized what she had wasn’t the same as a supermarket cantaloupe, it wasn’t going to have a netted skin, and they would stop blowing up if she just picked them sooner.
She made some great smoothies from her bounty, too (see link above)
My garden helped solve her mystery, and her mystery solved one for me…I finally understood what a ‘blushing’ melon looked like!
Isn’t blogging great?