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Old December 14, 2016   #16
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Kurt - So you don't have problems with caterpillars affecting the fruit? I gave up because of this even spraying BT didn't work and every fruit was affected.

I was very successful growing cucumbers this past summer by draping tulle over the entire plant at night and no spraying BT at all.

What 5 melons are you growing?

Luigiwu - How was your tomato season? No updates on your thread?
I have had that problem before also and found the only thing that stopped them was Sevin. Usually they aren't too bad but some years they are really a problem.

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Old January 26, 2017   #17
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If you're also looking for watermelons, you might try Sugar Baby Bush. I haven't tried it. So, I don't know how big it gets.
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Well, my parcel from RareSeeds/Baker Creek arrived yesterday. I may have gone a bit overboard

I bought 10 varietes of melon and 4 varietes of watermelon. All of them mature at 70 days or less. I'm going to try and see if any of them manage to mature outdoors this summer in the incredibly unsuitable environment of a windswept Irish mountain. Wish me luck!
Put down black plastic about 2 weeks before you plan to plant out to warm the soil- melons like hot feet. If you can make a wind break of some sort to help catch the heat and slow it getting away or to act as a heat sink for you. Maybe a hoop house over each melon with both sides open ( like a row cover with the ends open? I am describing this badly, LOL, but to help keep in the heat.

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If you're also looking for watermelons, you might try Sugar Baby Bush. I haven't tried it. So, I don't know how big it gets.
It is one of the varieties I ordered! I'll.let you know how it turns out.
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Put down black plastic about 2 weeks before you plan to plant out to warm the soil- melons like hot feet. If you can make a wind break of some sort to help catch the heat and slow it getting away or to act as a heat sink for you. Maybe a hoop house over each melon with both sides open ( like a row cover with the ends open? I am describing this badly, LOL, but to help keep in the heat.
I have plastic hoop cloche, and a fleece cloche. I'm going to find out which works better. But the.main difficulty will be stopping them from blowing away! The wind is very strong here
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It is one of the varieties I ordered! I'll.let you know how it turns out.
Awesome! Thanks. I've tried regular Sugar Baby, but not Sugar Baby Bush. I'm curious about days to maturity and productivity (and how bush-like it is).
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Now is the time , to get ready for planting melons. I like sweet ones like Honeydew do or some Korean varieties. I think I have to buy the fruits , taste it then plant seeds it if I like it.
I am not a huge fan of cantaloupe. They are too chewy ,to me, and not sweet. But I will plant a couple anyway.
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I have Halona and Cucamelons up now, waiting awhile till I plant the rest.
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Asian melons can be very small and a trained plant will be small. Sakata sweet comes to mind.
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Please consider

http://www.southernexposure.com/ice-...2-g-p-231.html

And yes I've grown it and yes it is compact and a very good variety as well.

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Please consider

http://www.southernexposure.com/ice-...2-g-p-231.html

And yes I've grown it and yes it is compact and a very good variety as well.

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Thanks for the tip; I just ordered it and Tender Grey zucchini. Both smaller varieties
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Please consider

http://www.southernexposure.com/ice-...2-g-p-231.html

And yes I've grown it and yes it is compact and a very good variety as well.

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I did actually get some Green Machine seeds
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