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  •  Yeah, I don't get it (2+ / 0-)
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    Eating a vine-ripeneed, home grown watermelon (NOT the bullshit found at a grocery store) is a spiritual experience.  The first time I grew watermelon and experienced eating one, I started wondering if perhaps there is a God.  

    How this reflects poorly on AAs I will never understand.  It's like using garlic as a put down for Italians.  Or blues and rock and roll as a put down for AAs.  WTF?

     

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:39:46 AM PST

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    •  Have you tried (0+ / 0-)

      Moon and Stars watermelon? A heirloom rediscovered in Missouri. I was never crazy about watermelon but eating one of these was melon nirvana. Not the Kurt Cobain kind, although that one is okay too.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:26:29 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I grew those one year (1+ / 0-)
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        They did ok, but the ones that do best in my MI garden are Allsweet and AU Producer.  The heirloom watermelon I've tried have been disappointing, but I suspect that's because of MI's weather.  We don't have a full summer, it's more like monsoons during the spring, 6 weeks of insanely hot and humid hell weather, and then a cold snap and more monsoons.  Only certain watermelon varieties will mature under such conditions.  Allsweet are real workhorses - one year I got two harvests off a few Allsweet hills, the second harvest was in early October and still far beyond anything shipped to MI.

        I've tried hybrid watermelon, but they just suck.  They don't seem to mature any faster but the flavor wreaks of hybridization.  Bland, boring, fit for smashing and not much else.  Pretty much the same as you find at a supermarket.

        I've seriously considered moving south for better growing conditions.  Maybe someday.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:09:50 AM PST

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        •  Yeah, moon and stars (0+ / 0-)

          is NOT a fast grower. My mom couldn't grow them in Ohio--she managed in Annapolis, MD. I'm trying them this year in MO because, well, they come from here. And we have great melon growing weather when there's not a drought. I'd like to try some petit gris de rennes melons but they are tricky. I'm going to start with something easier.

          And yeah, hybrid watermelons suck. As do a lot  of hybrid tomatoes, although not all, sun gold yellow cherries are awesome. The great thing about op tomatoes is there are so many varieties made for all climates--some even grow in Siberia!

          "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

          by zaynabou on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:42:09 PM PST

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          •  Stupice always do well here in MI (1+ / 0-)
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            Neves Azorean Red also do well, oddly enough.

            But what I've found with heirloom tomatoes is that weather and soil conditions matter as much or more than variety.  Oh, and the more I ignore them, the better they do, lol.  I have a tendency to fuss with my plants too much and end up overfertilizing or overwatering.  One year I didn't plant anything because of health reasons, but a dozen volunteer heirloom tomatoes grew anyways, and they were some of the best I've ever tasted.  I didn't even water them that year!  

            "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

            by Subterranean on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:35:26 PM PST

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