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Saturday, January 2 View Page
Some Carolina Strongback melons still in the field. These things remind me of the Cucurbita ficifolia fruit. The plants are prolific and the fruit would probably keep forever if kept indoors. I have enough seed to last for a long, long time. The interior of the fruit are mostly seeds. The flesh is a yellow orange color and is not sweet. The seeds are reddish in color.
 
Saturday, January 2 View Page
The 'Harvest Moon' melons that were grafted onto the Strongback were very vigorous and yielded super heavily. The Strongback seems to be a slower starter than the squash rootstock and perhaps a little slower than the bushel gourd too. The leaves look very similar to a watermelon's but when grown right next to a watermelon you can tell the difference. It is not a big difference though. I am not sure if I will use this rootstock again next year or not. The grafting is a little trickier in my opinion because the seedlings are so small. It is like grafting a watermelon onto a watermelon. I am surprised that the Strongback still had stump blow ups for many growers. Perhaps it is not the dissimilarity in vigor between rootstock and scion that causes the problem but more about the way we are growing the grafted plants. If many fruit are allowed to grow on a plant I have not seen a huge issue with stumps. No matter what they are grafted too. Limit it to one massive quickly growing fruit and the stumps are very likely to blow apart, regardless of rootstock used.
 
Friday, January 29 View Page
It's been a mild winter here so far, well that ended last night and this morning. A slap in the face.... just a reminder that winter is still alive and well. High winds and very cold.
 
Saturday, March 20 View Page
I started a bunch of melons seeds and rootstocks for grafting a little over a week ago. They came up great! Unfortunately a mouse got into the greenhouse and mowed most everything down in one night. I started some more. I plan on growing three hybrid CCxJBD this year. They are a Chris Kent creation. A really pretty melon. I plan on growing one of his 52 Kent's (Black seeds) that that he pollinated with his 302 and he did the reverse of that where he put his 52 Kent pollen into a 302 Kent CC . (these have white seeds) I hope to grow one of each, thank you Chris for the seeds. I also plan to grow a melon from my f3 generation CCxJBD seeds. Either a 188 or 206. I also plan to plant a Carolina Cross. The mouse ate my 146.5 Young. So we will see what goes in the ground. I also look forward to growing my first ever giant cantaloupe. Thank you Doug English for the seed.
 
Friday, April 9 View Page
It's nice to see to log onto big pumpkins and see so many diaries being started up. It seems as if the new "acceptable" time to start becomes earlier and earlier each year. Ten-15 years ago, people would have thought you were crazy as a loon to start in early April. Now it is somewhat accepted practice as many of the top growers are starting earlier and earlier to try and get that coveted early to mid June pollination on a 12' main vine.
 

 

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