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Lots of gardeners have aLots of gardeners have a difficult time determining when watermelons are ripe. Use a combination of the following tips: light green, curly tendrils on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon turn brown and dry the surface color of the melon where it was once powdery or slick takes on a dull look the skin resists penetration by a fingernail and is rough to the touch the bottom of the melon (where it lies on the soil) turns from light green to rich yellow

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