[Market-farming] Late melon planting

Lucy Goodman goodows at infinet.com
Mon Jul 12 11:20:46 EDT 2004

Last fall we filled a small hoophouse with 
French type melons with the hopes of having 
them the last couple of weeks of market (end 
of October). because the melons were planted 
early to mid august they were not ready until 
the 1st or second week in November.

We had the best melons I have ever eaten from 
November until the end of December. A shame 
we missed the farmers' market.

This year we are planting 3 weeks earlier, 
today as a matter of fact, so we will have 
some ready for the last few weeks of FM season.

we have tried the late melon thing using just 
row cover (agripro 30 and 50 wgts-don't use 
anything less than a 30 wgt for this project) 
and have had pretty poor success getting 
melons in October. If it freezes there is 
usually not enough protection to save the 
melons. In a hoophouse we use heavy row cover 
along with 5 gallon buckets of water for heat 
sinks for frosty nights and even than we have 
gotten some frost damage but far less than 
with row covers and plastic on small hoops.

Lucy Goodman
Boulder Belt Organics
New Paris, OH

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