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Anonymous on
July 1, 2012

Q. Growing Melons

Should the end of a melon vine be clipped off to help grow more melons?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 1, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

No, just leave it. The plant will produce just fine. Clipping the vine could promote stress that can invite pests or disease.

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Asked by
Snookum on
July 11, 2012

Q. Will melon ripen on its own

Will a melon ripen on its own if picked while it’s just a little red on inside?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 12, 2012
Certified Expert
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Assuming you mean watermelon, they will not continue to ripen once picked, but they will soften, so they can become edible. Once you pick them, they essentially stop sweetening. This article will help with harvesting:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/watermelon/pick-a-watermelon.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 21, 2012

Q. Cucumber-Honeydew Plant

I had planted cucumber seeds and honeydew seeds side by side. One of them has started giving (2) yellow flowers. I don’t know whether it is a cucumber plant or honeydew plant. How can I distinguish between the two?

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Nikki on
July 23, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Unfortunately, being of the same family and both sharing similar looking foilage and flower color, you may have to simply wait until fruiting occurs before you can tell for sure what you have.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 17, 2014

Q. Vegetable Gardening

I have a square shaped backyard that I would like to use for vegetable and flower gardening, but I don’t know how to begin. I know I need a plan, but where can I look? Also, my big problem is that I have a French drain that runs across the middle of my yard; it always stays moist there. Could I use that strip to make a raised bed and plant tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons there? The plants would always have moisture, if not a lot of water at times.

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Nikki on
March 17, 2014
Certified Expert
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We created a guide for new gardeners that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/starting-vegetable-gardens-guide.htm Your idea about the french drain sounds like a good one and should work well.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 15, 2014

Q. fruit

How does one prevent animals from boring into melons? Once they are in, is there anything salvageable regarding the fruit? It there is rot on the areas exposed to air, can I just scrape that away and use the fruit underneath?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 15, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

By boring animals, do you mean worms/caterpillars or those of the four legged kind like mice or squirrels? For worms/caterpillars, you can try using Bt (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/using-bacillus-thuringiensis.htm) while the following articles should help control rodent pests: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/garden-mouse-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/get-rid-squirrels.htm

As for eating them, if the melons aren't too badly damaged or rotted, then it's quite safe to eat (washing thoroughly of course). Just cut out any yucky or questionable parts.

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Answered by
Volcano2014 on
October 15, 2014
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It is probably still edible , just cut away the damaged part of fruit when you first notice it and it should be fine. When you say animals, you mean bugs right? if you did me animals, just kill the animals and lay traps or poison. if you mean bugs, there are a number of ways to eliminate bugs, You could spray bug killer, lay poison, traps, other bugs. If it is a flying moth or a cricket, beetle,grasshopper, or insects like that, you could find some spiders in some woods and release them around your garden. It would slowly decrease the number of bugs without causing harm to the plants, whereas the poison and bug killer may affect the plant and kill it.

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Asked by
muwsic on
April 27, 2015
I live in central Delaware. ( Dover )

Q. growing mound fruits

My mounds are finally done after the cold and wind snaps. The article says to plant 2 feet apart and then 5-6 feet apart. Do I need to plant my melons 2 ft. apart on top of the mound or 5 ft apart on top of the mound? I’m confused. The last time I grew mound fruits was 14 years ago, so I don’t remember the spacing requirements. We have a local co-op nearby so I will have my soil tested for nutrients. Thanks.

Answered by
shelley on
April 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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In a row, the cantaloupe seeds are two feet apart. The space between each row is 5-6 feet apart.

For more information on how to grow cantaloupe, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/cantaloupe/growing-cantaloupe.htm

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