[NAFEX] Unsweet melons
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu May 22 10:14:00 EDT 2008
On May 21, 2008, at 5:44 PM, Mark & Helen Angermayer wrote:
> Something else that's perplexing is that last year my melons were
> grown in compost. I have a huge compost pile in my orchard area.
> The trees on the edge of it grow like mad. It's only a couple years
> old, so maybe that's my problem but last year I harvested around 10
> large watermelons and a few cantelope that were acceptable in flavor,
> but after that the melons were bland. I probably let 50 of them rot.
Could excess nutrients be the problem? Compost is very good; but
straight compost may be too much of a good thing. The plant may be
putting all that energy into huge amounts of vegetative growth, and not
concentrating enough on the fruit.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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