[Market-farming] Melon Patch

MARK A. ABNER wizard1 at kih.net
Wed Jul 20 14:03:30 EDT 2005

    I think the key is to row off your vines while they are vineing so they are in an arangement you can work with by the time they set fruitl At this point you just have to be as carful as you can be and minimize vine damage 


BriarPatch Farms 
Monticello KY

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Pat Jackowsky 
To: Market Farming
Sent: 7/20/2005 12:07:41 AM 
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Melon Patch

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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