Originally published Summer 2011
Those volunteer cantaloupe that popped up in the composted horse manure were harvested. The first 3 are picked.
They are not very large or uniform. I am assuming they were hybrid, store bought cantaloupe. I am saving the seed, however, because the vines are vigorous even though the fruit is small. This is a better result than I got the first time I planted seeds from store bought cantaloupes, some 30 years ago. Those were softball sized freaks that never rippened. I am not disappointed that I allowed these sprouts to grow and mature. There are still vines growing here and there all over the garden, along with more fruit on these first volunteer vines.
The largest melon was nice sized, but it wasn’t as sweet as the smaller one. Perhaps I should have let it ripen another day?
I saved the seeds, separating the seeds of the larger melon from the seeds of the smaller melon. I may never plant them, but I’ll keep them for several years. The vines were very vigorous – totally
outperforming my heirloom melons – that is why I believe they are a commercial hybrid.