Saturday, February 10, 2018

melons, melons, melons

What melons survived the heat and sunburn are ripening now. At least I will have enough seed to replant next year.

With global warming making summers hotter I am going to cover a lot of my beds before next summer with walk under shadeloth. It is going to be pricey but there is not much else I can do. All the melons, cucumber and oca will go under the shadecloth and the heat loving things like okra, peanuts and watermelons can go outside.
I will try to build up the soil more with organic matter for the corn next year to try and help it cope better with the heat.

 This one is from my breeding program. For the moment it is called 'Green Granite' because of the rind colour.
This year the plants and fruits are stable so I was going to grow it out next year for seed. Unfortunately not a single fruit has contained viable seed so far, they are all empty. I guess it is because of the heat. At least I have a couple of plants with a few more fruits to go.

It has a creamy soft texture like some of the Russian melons, a texture that I am not particularly fond of but other people might like.
The flavour is mild and not too sweet, but otherwise just like any other muskmelon.

It is not a melon that I would jump from the rooftops over but it is ok and I might improve it later.
All the fruits weigh about a kilo.

A nice little melon that has just ripened this morning is Ha Ogen (or Israel melon). It looks quite striking and has a lovely flavour and texture.
The fruits weight less than a kilo. I have a few fruits left to go so I might have enough seed to put in packets this year.

This is 'Crane'. One of my favourites from the US. It has green spots that turn orange when ripe and a lucious flavour.

The few fruits I got this year were small because the plants didn't handle the heat very well.

I have found that my new mini seeded watermelons 'Peewee' get sunburnt easily so I have lost quite a few fruits but at least I will get a good amount of seed.

The bad thing about growing these is that it is so much harder to harvest the seeds out of them than other watermelons. I will have to work on my technique before next year when I want to offer bulk seed to seed companies.

I think these are going to be a great seller.

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