[NAFEX] A melon for all ya up north

Steve sdw12986 at aol.com
Sat Jun 13 18:11:23 EDT 2009

I remember that article!
I'm pretty sure I wasn't a member of NAFEX quite that far back but, when 
I joined, sometime in the 80s, I wanted more and ordered all available 
back issues of Pomona. With that information, I ordered some "Early 
Dawn" seeds and started growing melons. Over a period of years, I grew 
it along with about 7 or 8 other kinds of muskmelons. (I tried some 
watermelons too.) Early Dawn was always the best. I ordered the Early 
Dawn seeds from Harris Seeds. The last time I looked, it was not in 
their catalog.
Our growing season is so cool that even Early Dawn couldn't produce 
without some extreme measures. I wrote, here, about how I did it some 
time ago. It was a bit of work and I haven't taken the time to do it for 
several years now. I'll try to post my method here later. Maybe later 
this evening.

Steve in the Adirondacks

fuwa fuwa usagi wrote:
> Gang:
> Well why looking through old Pomonas for Donna I did determine that Melons are a NAFEX approved topic as at least one discussion was printed  in Pomona in April of 1981.
> In an article entitle “A Melon For Northern Gardeners” David Imes who lived about a quarter mile form the Canadian Border in Minn experimented with growing 30 varieties of melons, direct seeded outdoors.  He found one winner, a melon known as Early Dawn.  So for colder climate growers it looks like you have a melon with potential to run some trails with in the future.  
> Regards,
> Lil ol' me
> Bibliography:
> David Imes “A Melon For Norther Gardeners”, Pomona, The North American Fruit Explorers Quarterly,  Vol. XIV No. 2, April 1981, p. 89.

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