[NAFEX] Melons in zone 6b

Harrick, Barbara b.harrick at ilslaunch.com
Wed Jun 10 06:02:03 EDT 2009

Hi all. Not a ton of experience growing melons either, but here are some observations/thoughts from a clay-based residential suburban yard in Fairfax, VA, zone 6b:

1. Melons are horribly prone to all fungal, rot, mildew and mold 
2. We use a lot of landscape fabric/black plastic under other plants susceptible to #1.
3. Don't put them out too early as they stunt faster than tomatoes if weather chills.
4. If melons are sitting in moist conditions, all sorts of bugs will dig into the softened skin--elevate them or at least keep them dry (esp. on blk. plastic)
5. I wonder at their ability to trellis--even the small ones--I don't know if they can hold their own weight.  BUT, if you hung them in pantyhose footees or something that would cradle them on the trellis, taking the strain off the stem and still providing air.......that might be a way to do it. Or even the garage wall hangers--I bet there are some of those that would help hold melons on a trellis.

Picking loads of strawberries and sour cherries, Barbara

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Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 15:02:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sheridan Shumway <rattler_mt at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] melons
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ive got about 1 seasons experience personally with melons and a few years of watching my dad try and grow them....im in zone 3 or 4 up in northeast Montana and my major problems is my growing season is usually of unknown length and what kind of weather im going to have....normally our summers are hot and dry with minimal humidity and if i get 120 days of continuous good weather for growing im a very happy camper though it usually doesnt happen as it turns cool and starts to do light frosts at between 90 and 110 days...

last year for the first time i put in some melons, Ambrosia from Territorial Seed Company.....i think the 3 hills took up about 4 x8 foot worth of vines but there werent a ton of vines and i wound up with about a dozen small-medium melons that were absolutely outstanding....slicing one open in the kitchen would make the entire main floor smell like melons....granted the sucked up alot of water but i was happy with it...especially after watching my dad fail at growing them every year...i didnt get much of any seeds bought this year which may have been a good thing cause it appears we may have a short growing season.....around here melons are something yah plant every year and every once in awhile yah have a good crop.....i happened to have thrown some in the ground on a good year for melons..

Sheridan S.


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