April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am #258131
How to tell when a watermelon is ripe. I’ve tried asking on 2 gardening sites, but so far no-one has answered me.
I’ve got 3 watermelons out the back. I’m pretty certain one won’t come to anything, but of the other 2, the largest: Sounds hollow when it’s knocked, the last tendrils before the melon have died off, but the stalk itself is still green & thriving.
So, is it ripe or not? I don’t want to pick it early & find it’s not ripe as it’s the first one I’ve ever managed to grow this big.April 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm #535535lavmanMember
I think you are already on the money when you said “Sounds hollow when it’s knocked, the last tendrils before the melon have died off” :tup: you just need someone else to spread the blame if it isn’t ripe :laugh: that’s how I do it anyway.April 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm #535536donkeynomadMember
You need to have two of the three signs there.
1, Sounds full of water when tapped
2, the patch where it sits on the ground goes from white to cream or yellow
3, the tendril where the stem meets the vine dies.April 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm #535537
Ok, I picked it. It didn’t have a pale patch on the underside, so I just tried.
I brought it inside & cut it – it is pink inside, the white outer edge is about just under 1cm thick, it smells heavenly, & as I was cutting it, the melon split, so it seems like I’ve picked it at the right time. So, by the time we’ve finished with this one, the next one should be ready to go.
It’s the first time I’ve managed to bring a watermelon to picking, so I’m really happy. (at least the rat didn’t attempt to eat the watermelon. But he’s about to get into trouble because he’s not only been half eating tomatoes, but nibbling on my rhubarb!)April 9, 2014 at 1:40 am #535538BobbeeMember
So glad your watermelon is ripe. I would have said that it needed to sound hollow when you tap it, but the other hints sound sensible and practical too. So thanks folk I will remember those.
We find rats can be a problem in the garden too jaden62, they ate our entire crop of sweet corn a few years ago.
🙂April 9, 2014 at 11:16 am #535539
now I’ve got another question that I’m looking for an answer to.
What sort of animal “swaps” something into a trap? I set a rat trap out in the garden last night, baited with peanut butter. This morning I went out there, hoping to see a trapped rat (that I would tell hubby to “dispose of”), instead, I find a honeyeater.
Hhhhmmm. That honeyeater wasn’t killed by the trap. In fact, it’s the same honeyeater that I saw last night – dead – over at the edge of the garden. So, by the looks of things, the dead honeyeater has been dropped onto the trap, setting it off, & the rat (or super-rat or whatever) has then cleaned all the peanut butter off the trap.
Now how do I get rid of a rat (or whatever) that seems to be capable of rational thought???April 10, 2014 at 2:08 am #535540BobbeeMember
I await responses with interest.
🙂April 10, 2014 at 10:34 am #535541lavmanMember
Just a theory. maybe the rat was carrying the bird back to its pad when it spotted/found the peanut butter and accidently set the trap off while investigating. :shrug:January 25, 2016 at 2:55 am #535542SnagsMember
I wonder if the super rat has taken over the world yetJanuary 25, 2016 at 3:40 am #535543calliecatParticipant
lol thought I was reading one of blue wrens old posts for a minute there
she is still having problems, with wildlife eating her produceJanuary 25, 2016 at 5:12 am #535544AUSSIEDOWNUNDERParticipant
We used to test melons by tapping and to make shore cut a small triangle hole remove the wedge it can be replaced if not quite ready
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