Friday, August 12, 2011
Our First Ripe Cantaloupe
We harvested our first two Athena cantaloupes today. I took a walk around the garden after work and noticed that the outside of the melons had changed from a grey green color to buff yellow, which is generally an indication of ripeness. I decided to give them a light tug; low and behold they easily separated from the vine.
The first one I cut open was perfectly ripe and deliciously sweet. Hopefully the second one will be as good.
I'm rather disappointed by the fact that we could be enjoying twice as many cantaloupes right now if it weren't for the field mice. They've also eaten through every single Petit Gris french melon that set for me this summer. It's too bad the vines are suffering terribly from bacterial wilt right now and will have to be pulled soon. Oh well. Hopefully I'll get to taste this variety next year when all of my melons are trellised.
My only consolation is that the cantaloupe vines are still looking relatively healthy and are setting melons again. I counted at least four today. A couple of them show signs of rodent damage but I think they will recover. Hopefully if all goes well, we'll be able to pick a second crop in September.