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Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« on: September 09, 2019, 08:04:18 PM »
Question......can I till in my watermelon vines or do I need to remove them, like tomatoes and cukes and burn them?
I had a fairly good melon crop this year but it was my first time so I am left with a ton of vines.
Thanks for any help on this.
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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 06:50:34 AM »
CCAT, I have a late crop of watermelons, school me on how to tell when they are ready to pick, I planted them with the seed from a melon we bought late in June, I think i planed the seed July 2nd, i have around 30 melons now with vines going every where, for some reason i think melons are 100 to 110 day crop, so i am thinking they will be getting ripe in early Oct. is that right? seems like i read some where that there is something about the vine/ stem that one needs to watch for

The melon we bought was a big stripped melon. the melons i have growing some look the same as the one we bought & some are a solid light green, I am thinking that may be because the melon we bought was a Hybrid, so my melons might turn out not so good, Only time will tell

As to Tilling in the Vines, I don't think that would be a Problem

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 07:46:05 AM »
seems like i read some where that there is something about the vine/ stem that one needs to watch for

You're right, you watch the little curly tendrils on the vine closest to the watermelon in question. When those tendrils turn yellow and begin to dry-up, your watermelon is probably ready to pick.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 01:36:07 PM »
Thanks Virginiagadener, I will have to take a look, i don't recall any little curly tendrils, I am sure they are there, Just have not looked that close, will check that out this afternoon when i go to turn on the drip

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 04:09:23 AM »
I agree with Mr Virginia Gardener.

You can also thump the water melon on top in the middle and listen at the sound of the thump on a ripe water melon , now thump another water melon that you know is still green and listen at the difference in the sound of the thump. Practice this a little and soon you can tell a ripe water melon by the sound of the thump.
Also on some types of water melon you can turn it over and look at the bottom  that is on the ground and a ripe water melon on some types will have  a more yellowish color where the green water melon will have a more white color on the bottom where they touch the ground.
Just watch and try this and before long you will be an expert on picking a ripe water melon.
I hope this helps.
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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 04:53:13 AM »
crazyhorse... you should see me thumping watermelons in the grocery stores and produce stands and also sniffing the stem ends of cantaloupe. Major procedure for me every time I go.... I consider it an unfailing art. I guess I am quite the pro after so many, many years.....seems to work every time.

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 05:10:28 AM »
Rabbit I do the same thing !
I also sniff the stem end of all stone fruit.
Many times over the years people either look at me funny or come right out and ask what the heck I am doing .
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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 08:15:31 AM »
Question......can I till in my watermelon vines or do I need to remove them, like tomatoes and cukes and burn them?
I had a fairly good melon crop this year but it was my first time so I am left with a ton of vines.
Thanks for any help on this.
Chris......ccat

There is a farm near here that grows watermelon about 20 acres. and they pick the melons and till in the vines back into the ground.  I also till them back into the ground and have never had problems.  I do rotate crops.  The farm I am talking about plants cabbage after the watermelons.

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 08:03:23 PM »
thanks for the advice yall. 
I tilled it all in today.   Bush hogged the peas and tilled them in too.   Tomorrow will be cleaning the tomatoes and the garden will almost be done for the year.
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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 08:31:01 PM »
Time to start the Fall Garden, I am going to Plant my Carrots in the next couple days

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2019, 08:24:00 AM »
I passed the farm yesterday going to town.  Looks like they were transplanting cabbage.  Makes my back hurt just thinking about it.

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2019, 02:36:38 AM »
Well I probably should not post this, but there are more ways to tell if a water melon still on the vine is ripe.

You can put your hand on the top of the water melon , put your ear close to the water melon and listen closely, press down firmly with a lot of pressure on top of the  water melon  with you hand on top, if the water melon is ripe you will hear a "crunch" from inside a ripe water melon, this is caused by the "heart" or center of the water melon separating. If the water melon has been mashed before it will not "crunch" again since the center of the melon has all ready separated .
This is not recommended because if you mash the melon and it is still green there will be no "crunch " sound and this can cause it to have a "green" streak in the center or "heart" of the melon when it does get ripe. So if you are going to sell the melons, this is not recommended .
There are more ways to tell a ripe water melon .
Growing the same type of water melon year after year also helps because you learn to tell by experience what a ripe melon looks like.
I hope everyone will grow water melons and cantaloupes , they taste very good and are also easy to grow.
Good luck.

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Re: Watermelon Vines Tilled In
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2019, 07:31:07 AM »
Well Yesterday evening I checked a couple of the melons, there were a couple that had the dried up string on either side of the melons, I pick one that weighs about 25#, will chill it today, and cut it this evening, will report back as to how it taste

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