First melon of the summer

Charentais melon.

This was the first melon we had from the greenhouse in August 2009. It was exceptionally sweet and perfumed – absolutely delicious. So much better than shop bought ones. Over the next five weeks we had a total of 8 or 9 melons from three vines.

I purchased plugs in April, planted them 18in apart, and trained them up canes against the back wall of the geenhouse to 6ft. I tied the side shoots along wires as they grew. When fruit started to swell I made string nets to support them.

Overall they were easier to grow than I expected. This year I am trying ‘Sweetheart’, which are meant to be even easier… We’ll see.

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