Now that I have your attention, I want to share with you what I found while walking through my garden around sunset last night. It was still 90 degrees with a heat index of 98 at 8:00 p.m., but at least it was a little cooler than it had been in the afternoon, allowing me to be outside for a bit. Well, I decided I would take a closer look at all my melon vines to see if any melons were close to ripe or if there were any new melons. I found a melon-palooza! So much so, I thought I’d share my melon pictures with you in a separate post.
My white watermelons were the first to fruit. I’ve grown these before; the flesh is a creamy white with black seeds. I counted five fruit last night. Here are my two biggest ones.
I have three other varieties of watermelons I’m growing for the first time, and I noticed first fruits on all of them last night.
Early Moonbeam watermelon is a yellow watermelon I wanted to try. I thought the fruit was part of the white watermelon vine, but it wasn’t. Surprise! My first yellow watermelon growing.
I almost didn’t see the first fruit on my red watermelon because the vine was growing into my chia in the next raised bed. It’s small, but it won’t be for long.
I thought my Golden Midget watermelon wouldn’t make it. It’s been struggling with nitrogen issues (very yellow leaves), slow growth, etc. However, it’s now growing and has its first fruit. The vine and leaves are very small and still struggling, so I was surprised to see the fruit at all. The flesh of this melon is salmon-pink, but it gets its name from the fact that the rind turns yellow when it’s ripe. My kind of melon – a built in color-indicator for harvest.
The first of my melons to fruit was my Tam Dew honeydew. I’ve never grown honeydew before and this looked like a good variety. I recently discovered that it is very resistant to downy and powdery mildew and has a slightly spicy taste to its green flesh. I had five fruit, but one of them split open – probably from the heat. These melons are almost ripe. I can’t wait to try them.
I’ve grown cantaloupe every year and have two fruit growing with several “babies” that may or may not be pollinated. We’ll see.
Last year, I tried growing tigger melons. The bugs got to them pretty quickly, and I never got to try the fruit. So, this year, I’m trying to grow it in a pot under my teepee trellis.
I’m trying several new melons this year. Rich sweetness melon is a small melon that looks like the tigger melon except that its more oblong than round. I have four of these melons on the vine now.
I found my first noir de carmes melon last night. This is a French variety that was preserved by the Carmelite monks, and I wanted to try it.
The only melon plant that doesn’t have fruit yet is my ice cream melon. (Yes, that is the name.) My first planting died, so I had to replant. I should have fruit in a couple weeks or so, I’m thinking.
I have ten different kinds of melons growing in my garden! Summer sweetness is soon to be served!
Do you have melons? What kind are growing in your garden?