i picked the cantaloupes before the rain because you want them to dry out and get sweet. leave them on your counter until you can smell them then wait a day or two and you might get a good one. when you plant cantaloupes - all melons and most squash its just a waiting game until they succumb to some insect. you hope to harvest a few before they collapse. they are a lot like the US economy in that way.
I've always thought it was weird that you never hear anything about gardening or small farming when they talk about joblessness but then i heard that the government has reissued S510 which would make growing or trading food illegal and suddenly that made a lot of sense. honey tomorrow - brad and greg had over twenty stings between them (brad five stitches) so it should be good.