Report on your heirloom melons
It's a shame that melons do not have a folder of their own but here let's post observations on heirloom melons that we are growing! It is the time of year when most of us have been able to harvest a few, if not all -- let everybody know how they grew for you, what they tasted like, etc.
The weather in my area was dry and alternated between sunny and overcast, averaged in the high 70s. I watered all my garden by hand.
I only tried growing two muskmelons this year, the Minnesota Midget (photo) and Hearts of Gold. Minnesota Midget was slightly earlier, average size about softball-size, weighed perhaps one pound each. the vines sprawled at about 5 feet. I got 8 per vine. The seed packet said they were ready for harvest in 45-60 days, but they actually came in at about 70 days. They did not slip from the vine, but I could tell when they were ready by the sweet smell.Flavor: about average for what you'd buy at the grocery store. I planted more in July so that I could fit in a second harvest, but I probably wouldn't bother with them again next year.
Hearts of Gold was much better overall. They came in at about 24 oz average, I got 9 per vine. The vines were 7-8 feet long. Harvest at 90 days. These do slip when ready. Very sweet! My mom thought they were "too" sweet. I think she is just used to the grocery store muskmelons that are comparatively bland, but in my opinion, that they were just right for a home grown melon.
conclusion: I will save the Hearts Of Gold seeds for next year. Minnesota Midget might be better for container/limited-space planting, but since I have a decent amount of space, I don't need to plant them.
Tell me about your melons -- are there any you would recommend? Not recommend? Give us details!