[NAFEX] Of melons and dreams...
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu Jun 11 15:10:14 EDT 2009
On Jun 11, 2009, at 2:38 PM, Kieran &/or Donna wrote:
> One of the things I read about melons interested me greatly. They
> have a
> reputation for preferring sandy soil. Turns out that they need it to
> strong cell walls for what is essentially a bag of sugar water. If you
> don't already have sandy soil, I suggest you invest in a few bags of
> sand to pour around your plant's stems and roots. Consider also that
> if we
> are talking about a plant that obviously came from some sandy place,
> also likely to need good drainage. I am thinking of eggplants, they
> sandy soil because they want BOTH plenty of moisture but NOT to have
> much water around their stems and roots.
I have grown some very good melons on soil with quite a bit of clay in
it (eggplants also).
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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