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    Perry
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    Can anyone let me know how to tell when it is the best time to harvest (sweet) melons?

    #47843

    Jayjay
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    Perry, I understand that they are ready when there is slight cracking around the stem bit where it meets the fruit. I notice this sometimes and think, ‘I’ll harvest those tomorrow‘ only to find the next morning that the slugs and woodlice have beaten me to first bite! Also at this time, there is a slight smell of ripe melon, much stronger when the pests have broken the surface.

    My crop of Antalya Melons in the polytunnel is looking great, due to the hot weather I would imagine.
    Enjoy.
    Jeanette

    #47853

    Perry
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    Thank you Jeanette, I’ll keep an eye on them for the signs you have mentioned. They have been growing well and are still giving new ones too…

    #47855

    lizcolvin
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    I found one with cracks this morning and we ate it at lunch, but I think I have over-watered them, as it was watery, and dull. I shall now be more restrained, Also I wonder about picking them when they are nearly ready and leaving them in the sun.

    #52758

    amy lynn
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    Thank you Jeanette

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