Well now I'm Flummoxed!

We marvelled at how fast our water melons were growing... only two.... one much larger than the other.

How to tell when its ripe?  I consulted the oracle that is Google and it said that if you tap it, it will sound hollow.  I duly tapped it... boom boom... a hollow sound bounced back and to make sure I tapped the smaller one and it definitely did not sound hollow.  Hurrah!  It must be ripe.

We took it into the kitchen and weighed it.  11lbs weight in old money... whooo hooo!  I was salivating at this point when Steve took a very large knife and cut into it...

It cut so easily... and then....

Boo.  It's not ripe.

It was wasted, sadly.  We thought it might ripen in the sun but it just went mouldy.  The other one is now as big as the first one was when we harvested it... it also sounds hollow but we dare not cut it!  Can anyone tell me when I should harvest my melon?


  1. I had the same problem with my watermelons recently. I found this article that had a few more hints since the "hollow sound" test appears to be very subjective.


    Well, I'm off to explore your blog a bit more! Glad I found you!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for the link, I shall be out investigating the watermelon patch later to see! Glad you are enjoying the blog.

  2. The tendril just opposite the stem of the watermelon on the vine should be brown and withered- this method is pretty much foolproof. (:

    1. Hi Sara, that is really interesting... I finally found a local who explained exactly the same about the tendril, but he also said the first little leaf opposite the tendril must be dry and withered too. Our tendril has gone dry and almost dropped off but the little leaf is only just starting to go brown... so we might wait a day or two yet. Thanks for the comment though... very useful information.


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