The Volunteers are here,

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Cantoloupe seeds from my huge crop of 4 fruits(that's right only got 4 from a total of 6 plants) that I threw in my food composting have sprouted, grown, and currently have 12 fruits on the vine. The largest is about the size of a teacup saucer. Don't know how many will make it before we have a frost, but I'm gonna let em be and see. Had no idea they would even flower much less set a fruit.

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Yum cantaloup!! Amazing it

Yum cantaloup!! Amazing it thrived through the compost! Good luck with the out come.

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They ....

don't like the cool temps Lantanalane , won't be long to frosts here...ya might consider a makeshift clear plastic cover for 'em to keep the temps up some(that is 'iffin you want to go to the extra trouble):)

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I might be able to do a hoop

I might be able to do a hoop with pvc pipe over it, but I won't go to great lenghts. Just depends on how big they get before our 1st frost.

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Or a Simple Tent ...

... and just stake it down like a tent if the area isn't huge.

"Volunteers" that's funny! Bet they surprised the heck outa you!

For NC, isn't your frost at least a month or so away?

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I would think at least...last

I would think at least...last year it was way into Dec before we had our 1st frost, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure "volunteer" is the correct word to use after all I did throw them in the compost bed..lol

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Survivors may be a better

Survivors may be a better term. lol

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Survivors...I like it!

Survivors...I like it!

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Are they still doing good?

:quest:

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The plants look so-so, the

The plants look so-so, the vine itself has contracted some sort of virus and the leaves are very spotted looking. The cantoloupes look fine but are not growing as fast now. By my calculations they wouldn't be ready to pick for another month. I don't know how much the cooler temps at night will have to do with it, we're are supposed to be in the 50's this weekend, high in the 70's during the day. I'm hoping to get a least a couple....wishful thinking perhaps?

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Well the vines are dying and

Well the vines are dying and it appears only one may make it, although it's iffy. Doesn't seem to have grown at all this past week. On a brighter note the lettuce and broccoli are doing great and I have blooms on my squash. Not sure if the squash is going to make it either. Oh well, had a nice green salad last night...hmmm delicious straight from the garden!

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Well the vines are dying and

Well the vines are dying and it appears only one may make it, although it's iffy. Doesn't seem to have grown at all this past week. On a brighter note the lettuce and broccoli are doing great and I have blooms on my squash. Not sure if the squash is going to make it either. Oh well, had a nice green salad last night...hmmm delicious straight from the garden!

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RE: Squash

Hey "Lantana,

If you don't think the squash will make it, then in addition to your fresh salad, you could make tempura batter-fried squash blossoms for a treat ....

(Just might be one o' them "bird-in-hand-worth-2-in-bush" situations.) :bigsmile:

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I hear ya...sounds delicious!

I hear ya...sounds delicious!

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