[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.

--Rivka
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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