|The last melons right at the end summer. At this stage the vines have all died back and are putting all their energy into the fruit.|
One of the big surprises over the last 2 years is discovering that we could grow rockmelons, honeydew melons and watermelons in Moonah. Home grown melons have a superior taste to store bought melons. This is because melons only ripen on the vine. Once picked the melon does not improve in flavour.
|Yummy rockmelon ready to eat.|
Melons need a sheltered sunny site and should be planted in November, December or January and will provide you with a crop about 2 months after translpant. Our first crop of melons grew really well but was in a windy spot and got horribly blown around. Last year we had a lovely warm and sheltered site and our fruiting vines were much more successful.
|The melons, pumpkins and tomato area is almost finished!|
Melons are heavy feeders and need a similar amount of space to pumpkins. The amount of sugar set in melons is closely related to the amount of magnesium in the soil. Prepare the soil with 125 -250 grams of dolomite lime per square metre to provide needed magnesium and calcium.
In cooler areas you may want to grow in a greenhouse or with cloches. In most areas of Hobart you should be able to grow melons without these aids once you are past the last frost.
|Little Sugarbaby Watermelon. Small but sweet.|