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Q.How to Get Large Cantaloupes

Zone 4 | Sadie added on September 20, 2011 | Answered

I had transplanted Hale Jumbo cantaloupe in the spring. As in the past, my cantaloupes are small this year. They are the size of a softball. They taste good! Been to farmers markets and they have large cantaloupes. What do I need to do for next year?

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Answered on September 23, 2011

Bigger fruit comes from better soil. This fall, when you clean up your garden, mix in large amounts of organic material, like rotted manure and compost. Add in some bone meal as well. The nutrients will have a chance to mellow over the winter and will be ready to go come spring.

Then, next year, make sure that your plants are getting more than enough water. Water stressed plants will produce smaller fruit.

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