Thursday, August 11, 2011
Harvesting Ripe Cantaloupe, I'm So Excited
And I just can't hide it! Notice something different about the melon plants?
Voila, rooftop melon ready to eat! I was looking at this particular melon on Friday evening, when it was still attached to the vine, wondering if it was ready to harvest. By Saturday morning I had my answer. It was sitting in the pot waiting to be devoured. I was surprised by how quickly the melon changed color. On Friday evening a quarter of the melon's skin was still green.
It's good these are small fruits. You don't have to worry about them shattering on impact if they drop from the vine while the garden is unattended.
The photo above (a different melon from the preceding photo) was taken on Monday, by Tuesday it had completely changed color and it easily slipped from the vine.
No garden shears are needed to harvest cantaloupe type melons. Just place one finger at the base of the vine, where it connects with the melon, and press sideways to try to push the vine off the fruit If the vine and fruit separate then the melon is ready to eat, if not try again the next day. I've harvested 6 fruits so far, only the tiny one is left.
The flesh is firm and the flavor is sweet, but not sickeningly so. I would definitely recommend Tasty Bites to fellow container gardeners.
I know tomatoes get all the garden glory, but I personally think homegrown melons are the ultimate summer treat.
King Crimson peppers.
The Lemon cucumber plant has gotten a second wind. The new leaf growth is nice and green, still no signs of powdery mildew. Hopefully it stays that way.
Yellow Perfection tomatoes have a nice tart flavor if picked soon after they turn from green to yellow. The color changing process is very quick however, so it's easy to miss that stage. Once they turn orange the tartness has faded to something less distinctive.
Also, their skin is thin so they have a tendency to crack, but the plant produces so many fruits I don't really feel the loss.
There's currently a lull in eggplant production. I don't mind though, I need a break from eating them. Next year I'll plant just one eggplant instead of my usual two.
How's your garden doing? Any successes or disappointments you're surprised about?
Aug 4-Aug 10:
Cherry Tomato (Sungold): 7.7 ounces
Cucumber (Lemon): 8.5 ounces
Eggplant (Fairy Tale): 3.8 ounces
Melon (Tasty Bites): 8 pounds, 12.3 ounces
Pepper (Atris): 2 pounds, 3.0 ounces
Pepper (King Crimson): 14.8 ounces
Tomato (Yellow Perfection): 1 pound, 11.7 ounces
This Harvest: 14 pounds, 13.8 ounces
Running Weight Total 2011: 36 pounds, 5.6 ounces