[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 
> make
> 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 
> nice
> 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, 
> it's
> also likely to need good drainage.  I am thinking of eggplants, they 
> want
> sandy soil because they want BOTH plenty of moisture but NOT to have 
> too
> 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).

--Rivka
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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