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
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 ?????
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.
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
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...
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.
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.