[Market-farming] Late melon planting

Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Mon Jul 12 09:45:07 EDT 2004


How about this: I've still got about 100 heirloom cantalopes in large 
peat pots. I'm thinking about putting them into a plastic bed, but am 
having similar fears: a lot of work with a risk of no return. These 
plants were started some time back and have held very well. If they 
were not in peat pots (and my investment so great! ;-), I'd not even 
ask for opinions on this. -Allan

>Jacob
>
>     Planting direct-seeded melons now is not likely to work in the upper
>Midwest. It probably wouldn't here, near Chicago. If you decide to do it,
>use plastic mulch and a row cover to accelerate growth. Then be prepared to
>use a heavy spun-bonded cover in the Fall. Unfortunately, the shorter
>daylengths will result in less sweet melons at that point. I've played that
>game a few times and it's often disappointing.
>
>Bill Shoemaker
>Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
>Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: jacobl at dakotarural.org <jacobl at dakotarural.org>
>To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Date: Monday, July 12, 2004 7:54 AM
>Subject: [Market-farming] Late melon planting
>
>
>We've had rabbits taste-testing our various melon crops this year and while
>we tolerate
>a lot of damage, they've gone a bit overboard.  What I'd like to do is
>replace some of the
>hills with new plants, but no one has those at this point in the season.
>So, I'm
>wondering if I can still direct seed (or start transplants) this late and
>still get a ripe
>melon.  Seems to me that if melons are daylength sensitive I'd just get
>smaller plants
>with less fruit, but maturation wouldn't be that big of an issue...but I
>don't know.
>
>FYI, I'm in zone 4 (east central South Dakota) and the melon variety would
>be Noir des
>Carmes...normally 75-80 days.  Thanks!
>
>Jacob Limmer
>
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