[Market-farming] Melon Patch

Pat Jackowsky 3littlepigsmkt at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 19 23:48:02 EDT 2005

Actually, I'm more worried about them killing the vines as they walk the field. There's no place to step without stepping on baby melons.  I've never seen them continue to make like this.  The vines are full of almost ripe melons and just as many babies.  I guess I'll just close my eyes since they don't have good foot coordination, never mind hand/eye.  lol

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tom at Limerock 
  To: Market Farming 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 6:19 AM
  Subject: [Market-farming] Melon Patch


  I am guessing that you are worried about damage due to your equipment (tractor & wagon).  

  What I have seen others do is have the equipment running beside the field and you have several people walking & picking and tossing the melons from one to the other to the other to the other to the person on the wagon.  Hopefully they all have good eye/hand coordination.  



  I also have a melon question.  We have the most abundant crop of watermelons 
  we have ever had.  The vines are very tall and has consumed every square 
  inch of the patch.  We have melons that should be ready in the next couple 
  of weeks and then there are tons of new ones still making.  How do we go 
  about harvesting this jungle of melons without doing extensive damage to the 
  smaller melons and vines? Any ideas?



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