Melons !! (steady….)

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Wednesday 13 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Keeping the blog clean, don’t worry….

But yes, this post is about melons, and Honeydew Melon and Watermelon to be exact. Ok, so it’s not a major news item in the grand scheme of things, but I have never had any luck growing ANY, until now.

First of all, they need a LOT of water, so far more than other fruit/veggies, so to water on a different schedule is not something I always remember!

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Second, they attract bugs and leaf diseases and most of the time they die off before the fruit materialises. You can hear the neighbouring farms spraying their crops most evenings, but that isn’t our thing. I prefer the gamble of nature.

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Thirdly, we used to grow them in areas either open or flex-netting fenced off. Trouble is, the chooks love a good old melon for supper, and previously any fruit that did grow to near maturity, ended up being nothing less than a hollow ball when I came to ‘pick’ them.

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But this year the reduced heat of a kinder summer may have helped too. For this year we actually have SOMETHING to show for our efforts, and darned tasty they have been too 😀

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20 thoughts on “Melons !! (steady….)

  1. ballerina95 says:

    Congratulations. And I didn’t know watermelons are fuzzy while starting to grow. it looks like something personal 😉

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  2. i love eating melons too…

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  3. They grow melons under glass on the neighboring allotment to ours. Sometimes we swap produced and am very pleased when a melon comes our way. I’m not sure what variety they are. They’ve got smooth,creamy-coloured skin, deep orange flesh, and are the shape of bombs!

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  4. Wow looks lovely, pity they will be finished when I come over

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  5. joannesisco says:

    Cantaloupe! One of my favourites 🙂
    Enjoy 🙂

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  6. dayphoto says:

    We don’t spray either. I do not have a fear of corn worms or other creatures in my gardens, but I do have a fear of toxins.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  7. lizard100 says:

    Here I am jealous again.

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  8. swamiyesudas says:

    I love gardening, Spike, and Indulged(!) a little in that when I was a Seminarian, in charge of hostels and all that. Now I am taking a sort of Vicarious pleasure in it by going through Your gardening records!

    …As for melons, Sometimes We find people cultivating them on river banks, actually IN river beds that have become mere Streams in summer. So, if You have running water in Your compound, that may solve the water problem.

    As for Bugs, In India they do not seem to bother this crop! Regards.

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