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grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 1, 2012
6:22 PM

Post #9226479

From my Nephew in Central Louisiana sure hope this is the right pic

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 1, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9226489

Hopefully this is a better pic

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CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9226976

That is purdy. Excellent Job nephew..

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9227017

Some watermelons are so heavy, I can't lift them!
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 2, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9227401

Those are two very large men in the pic and I know they used the Bobcat to load the biggest of those ..Those were grown from seed nephew bought last year when we went to the big Watermelon Festival at Hope Arkansas those are Hope Melons and he has some very large Desert Kings which is a yellow meated melon ,that I gave him from a large DK I had bought from a melon peddler out of Atoka Ok. Pictured is a DK melon

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 3, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9228236

Watermelon wine, roll em, need a catfish fry to use em! Do they go to county fairs to exhibit?
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 3, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9228834

This is a kinda strange story the man on the right is called Mr.Bill by one and all he owns and operates a facility for mentally challenged people and my nephew grows the melons for Mr. Bill as a kind of therapy for some of the consumers(patients) and every year they give away all of the melons as a PR event ..This year they had a great many very large melons to share with the community under no circumstances do they sell the melons..Can you even imagine turning down $45 for one of the DKs...Did Y'all notice how PC I was in this message ?????

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 4, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9229617

You were awesome Grits, that's a good project he does! I'd bet the folks who eat them are tickled to have them! Does make sense to do that tho- I wouldn't have an issue turning down cash for such good reason- but that's just me.
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 6, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9232114

Those melons are similar to the 132 pounder at the Indiana State Fair the other day. ...way too heavy for me to lug around. The 30 1/2 pound Yellow Crimson I picked today was pretty heavy to carry in.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 7, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9232739

I talked to my nephew yesterday he wanted me to correct the amount he turned to read TWO HUNDRED $$$$$$$$$ he said he would have taken the two hundred but the man would not agree to save all of the seeds BTW the largest weighed in at one fifty and he had two Desert Kings over 70lbs next year he plans on a seperate field for the DKs as they require less water
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

August 10, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9237307

Wow, great looking melons. How do you get them so big and are they good to eat?
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 11, 2012
2:29 PM

Post #9238062

One of the ways they get them that big is of course genetics some of the other things are very complex ..They grow mostly Jubilees for the eating but the Desert Kings are thought by many including myself to be the best eating melon of any...
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9238235

It is a vintage year here for melons in the new "patch".

I have Sweet Princess, Klondike Striped Blue Ribbon, Raspa, Sangria, Gold Strike, Carmen, Yellow Crimson, Orangeglo, and Cooperstown [seedless]. I have raised Desert King many years ago...a pea green color. Cooperstown was awesome for a seedless. The largest watermelon so far was 35 pounds.

Cantaloupes keep coming in. The Burpee Crenshaws are about 12 pounds and superb. One Suugar Queen has/is producing about 14 fruits...so far.
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2012
10:43 PM

Post #9238584

It is great that these melons are used for PR. I plan on telling my best friend, Carolyn, about this. She works with mentally challenged individuals. I guess the only contribution I have made is giving them my magazines every three months. Carolyn says they know exactly when it is time for more and let her know.

I would love to try the melons next year. My soil is not the best though. Topsoil is good but lots of red clay below.

I planted cushaw squash this year for the first time. Great crop and they are hugh. I am going to weight one Monday.

Thanks for the info.

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