Outdoor Melons 2012

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I wasn't planning for these to go out quite yet, but their dixie cups disintegrated, so 2 of the 4 melons are already planted, and the other 2 trying to harden before their cups give up the ghost, too... This year's attempts are return varieties Sweet N Early (cantaloupe) and Gold Bar (sort of an Asian cuke-melon hybrid), and new variety Gurney's Lil Sweet. Reviewers said nice things about its productivity and growing it in square foot and container approaches.

  

For the in-ground melons, the concept is that these will succeed the peas, as they die off from heat. Growing one of the Lil Sweet in a pot, and the other in the ground.

Edit: Oh, so I don't forget... For the container melon, I added hydroton grow rocks in the bottom layer of soil, plus a sprinkling of blueberry fertilizer, on the theory that cukes sure seem to love MirAcid. Then both seedlings transplanted with 2 T Vegetables Alive! fertilizer, as per package instructions.

Melons seem to like MirAcid as much as cucumbers do.

Harvests:

Lil Sweet, pot: 3 (first 8/9, 12.5 week) - ended 8/12 (no more fruit to ripen)
Lil Sweet, ground: 5? (first 8/15 or so) - ended ~9/1
Sweet n Early: 4? (first 8/25 or so) - ended ~9/1

The last 6 fruit weren't good eating - the plants were dying of powdery mildew, and didn't develop their flavor.

 

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 Not a great year for melons.

 Not a great year for melons. Over half of the modest harvest tasted bad, as the plants were dying. Never got a single gold bar melon. The plants are just too susceptible to powdery mildew. It rains in CT in August - nice drenching 3 day rains. And then the mildew kills the plants.  Season's just not quite long enough, here on the shoreline.

   

 

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Harvested 2 Lil Sweet

Harvested 2 Lil Sweet cantaloupes so far, both from the pot (that got put outside earliest - risky). None harvested so far from the ground melons, but they finally set a bunch more fruit (I think mostly gold bar) after a dose of MirAcid. I used to hand-pollinate these guys, but they get lots of bees. And cucumber beetles.

        

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Any day now on the first Lil

Any day now on the first Lil Sweet cantaloupe, which are coming in way earlier than the sweet n early and gold bar. (Or at least, I hope I'll eventually have sweet n early and gold bars...)

    

 

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 Happy, happy plants! July

 Happy, happy plants! July has been hot and humid, but this past week there were some glorious dry days around 80 days / 60 nights. The melons are loving it.

   

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