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If the melons haven't grownIf the melons haven't grown for over a month, they probably won't grow any more.  They will continue to ripen for several days at room temperature once they are picked. For faster ripening, put them in a brown paper bag.  Cantaloupe can be challenging to grow in northern climates because they really need 2 to 3 months of constant heat. The cooler temperatures and the shortening direct daylight mean that the season is coming to a close. Next year, if you want to continue the learning curve, you could use  black ground cover to warm soil and floating row covers to trap warm air near plants. Contact your local cooperative extension in NY county for more on-the-ground advice. We hope these tips get you started in the right direction. All the best, the OFA editors.

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