Melons, keeping the heat up. Comments ?????

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Sun Jun 25 01:35:29 EDT 2000


Why would you even want to create a condition that produces 105 deg.around here if the temps
exceed 95 deg pepper blossoms fall off and peppers simply don't grow, the same can be said for
melons thats why some folks use white plastic in mid season, you would have to live in a mighty
cool climate to benefit from season long covers, besides you still need a way for bees to easily
get to the blossoms, the only advantage to peppers is protection from cornborer which is very
serious around here at this time and the coming week.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

jrei at uswest.net wrote:

> Robert,
> One solution is to use a self venting plastic row cover. I looked for a suitable material
> for several years before finding the right one. The one we sell, and I like best, is called
> Grow-Therm. It perforated with 1/4 inch holes and vents the right amount of heat out. I
> leave it on peppers and melons nearly all season. The holes also allow for enough water to
> pass through if you are overhead irrigating. This material has been used in Europe and
> Israel for nearly 10 years now. To give you some sort of an idea of our temps, we are at 88F
> today and will get 91F tomorrow. The temperature under the plastic will reach a max. of
> around 105F. The plastic is also very strong and rip resistant. We use 9 gage wire hoops. If
> wind is a problem we tie lengths of twine at the bottom of each hoop stretching the twine
> over the top of the plastic.
>
> Joel@ Territorial
>
> robert schuler wrote:
>
> > Are you trying to grow melons under a clear tunnel now?, The temps will exceed 150*F and
> > the plants will ether burn up or will experence heat delay, seeded melons will not germ
> > over 95*, and if the plants grow how will they polinate.
> > Bob.
> >
> > Tom wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > > I just put in half a flat of musk melons in a raised bed, I had palstic on
> > > it for three weeks to kill some  of the weeds and noticed the soil was
> > > supper  warm. After planting I made a tunnel  with the same plastic and I'm
> > > going to see if this does better then my bed of melons out in the feild.
> > > Anyone have any comments??????
> > > Tom In NE Ohio
> > >
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