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My offsite watermelon posts, 2020

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
https://www.tomatojunction.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=1540 I posted some significant stuff about this year in the thread above. You have to register to see the pictures. Maybe I'll put them here some time.

Anti-companion plants for muskmelons

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Don't plant squash next to muskmelons, unless you want squash bugs eating your melons, too. I've had it happen twice, including this year with a squash that I previously though squash bugs didn't like much. (But, apparently, they'll eat it if they don't have anything else nearby.) Anyway, the...read more

Saving seeds from BER watermelons

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
So, in 2017, I grew a Carolina Cross #183 watermelon plant (probably a cross of one, though, since it was from seeds I saved in 2016). Anyway, it started getting a nice-sized fruit, but it got BER. I saved the seeds, and wanted to find out if seeds from BER fruits were more or less likely to get...read more

Dehydrating cucumbers

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
We've been getting a lot of cucumbers, this year (they're all Spacemaster, unless you count West India burr gherkins as cucumbers). Anyway, we decided to dehydrate a batch of them (six 15" x 13" trays)! They smell just like the dehydrated watermelon. They're resting on silicone mesh...read more

Mineral supplementation via fruiting crops

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
West India burr gherkins are easy to grow. They fruit fairly early, prolifically, often, and all season. They're refreshing to eat. They can have an excellent shelf life. They have edible seeds within. I'm thinking they're a good candidate for a crop to use to help supplement minerals in peop...read more

Spacemaster cucumber

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
We're growing Spacemaster cucumbers, this year. They're doing phenomenally well, especially considering that they're in soil that is probably kind of salty (due to being right next to a driveway that is salted in the winter). I don't know if they just like the year, or if it's an especially good...read more

Dehydrating watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
We were gifted a seedless watermelon recently (probably about 20lbs in weight). I cut it open and we ate about a slice of it altogether. Then I cut up the rest and started dehydrating it. Yes, the dehydrator fits about a whole store-bought seedless watermelon, although with thinner slices, maybe...read more

Dehydrating Red-seeded Citron watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
Our Red-seeded Citron watermelons that we harvested last year aren't getting any younger. So, I decided to cut the two largest ones up, season them like I do for citron watermelon crisp, and dehydrate them! :) Yes, seeding those watermelons took a nice duration to do. I figure they can pro...read more
by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I read somewhere that the third degree of ramifications on cucumbers (I think that was the species of cucurbit) was more prolific than lower degrees. I kind of wonder if going out more degrees of ramifications increases production for all cucurbits, given a long enough season. With tomatoes, ...read more

Chilacayote burrito wrap

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I was eating some burritos, today (baked frozen chimichangas), and decided to wrap the last one in some chilacayote leaves from the garden, as I had done first recently. I first put a stack of leaves in the toaster oven on bake for a few minutes (to make them softer). Then I wrapped the burrito ...read more

Direct-seeded Shark Fin Melon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Here are my plants, so far, this year. They've been up for a little while now. the cotyledons have been getting bigger, however.

Muskmelon tags

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by Radishrain • |
muskmelon_growlist : * Use this tag on your muskmelon growlists. Please put your username and the year in the subject of your posts. This tag has the subdomain mmgl.growspice.com.

Watermelon tags

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by Radishrain • |
watermelon_growlist : * This tag is for your watermelon growlists. Please put your username and the year or season in the subject. This tag has the subdomain wgl.growspice.com.

Radishrain's 2020 muskmelon to-growlist

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
* Honeycomb F2 * Honeycomb x Torpeda F2 * Charley's Pride * Noir De Carmes x Metki Dark Green Serpent F2 * ?Ashkahabad (if I have seeds) * Orangeflesh Honeydew * Canoe Creek Colossal * Healy's Pride x Ginger's Pride F2 * Metki Dark Green Serpent '17 muskmelon_growlist

Raifu's 2020 watermelon grow list

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Carolina Cross #183 '17 (direct-seeded) King Winter '17'19 Navajo Winter (direct-seeded) Navajo Red Santo Domingo Brown Seeded Santo Domingo Dark Green Santo Domingo Winter Weeks NC Giant '19 Winter Queen Wintermelon watermelon_growlist

Citron watermelon crisp

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by Radishrain • | | 2 comments
So, I'm making some Red-seeded Citron watermelon (AKA Colorado Preserving Melon, AKA Tsamma) crisp. It's basically a mock apple crisp. This is my second time making it. It tastes approximately like apple crisp. Sorry—I don't have exact proportions to tell you. Filling ingredients: * Citron w...read more

King Winter watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I first grew the King Winter watermelon in 2016, watered well without black plastic or any kind of mulch. It got a fair amount of small-ish fruits, with dull skin. the taste was like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. The seeds were black. I grew it again in 2017, with drought conditions, unmulched, wit...read more

Navajo Winter watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Here's the first Navajo Winter watermelon that I've eaten, this year. It has a very thick rind (so it's probably a cross). Nevertheless, most of the rind is sweet and approximately the same texture as the inner fruit. It still has winter watermelon skin (in toughness). It tasted great! It was qu...read more

Navajo Red watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 1 comment
The Navajo Red watermelon is a winter watermelon (meaning it might keep in storage for up to three or four months or so). It has a unique rind appearance. It has reddish seeds. They're not quite as red as Red-seeded Citron (but look similar in color to brown seeds like those of Santo Domingo Bro...read more

Kirkman x Torpeda F1 melon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
This is from Kirkman melon seeds, but it seems to have been crossed with Torpeda, by some of its qualities. I wonder why it's not striped, though. I guess Kirkman's rind must be dominant, except for Torpeda's netting seems dominant. Anyway, it wasn't as sweet as its parents. It was firm (not ...read more

Wintermelon watermelon

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
I had four Wintermelon watermelons and took the seeds out to zap and save on Monday or so. I ate three of them; the other one was going bad. The seeds are black and smaller than most hlack-seeded winter watermelon seeds. The taste was good, and the texture was excellent. I have a feeling that bo...read more

Burr gherkin studies

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
Take a look at this article that shows a considerable lot of research has been done on Cucumis anguria: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0717345815000688

Dill pickles for hamburgers

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
This recipe is from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, p. 48 (Hamburger Dills). Ingredients: * 4lbs 4" cucumbers (sliced) (we would probably use West India burr gherkins) * 6 tablespoons canning salt * 4½ cups water * 4 cups vinegar * 14 heads fresh dill * 3½ teaspoons musard seed ...read more

Dill Pickles

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by Radishrain • | | 2 comments
A relative made lots of dill pickles with West India burr gherkins for me. The ingredient list here is adapted from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, p. 48. * 8lbs 4–6" cucumbers, cut in long halves (my relative used West India burr gherkins cut into halves, and probably eyeballed the...read more

Bread and Butter Pickles

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by Radishrain • | | 0 comments
This recipe is adapted from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, p. 47. A relative used this recipe, potentially slightly modified, with West India burr gherkins instead of cucumbers. Ingredients: * 4lbs 4–6" cucumbers (¼" slices) (my relative used burr gherkins instead, eyeballing th...read more
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