Melon-choly


Recently I made a trip to one of the schools that the company I work with maintain. The gardener (Lee Miliatis) there showed me some of the fruits of his labour in the modest vegie patch in the junior school playground. It’s part of an initiative to get the kids involved in growing food and learning some garden basics, and they love Lee’s lessons. I was impressed by the miniature watermelons he grew. There were five yummy melons nearly at full size all within a space of a couple of square meters.
 
Once established, watermelons aren’t thirsty at all, but when you do water them be sure to avoid letting water sit on the foliage as you may get mildew problems. Instead,  water straight to the roots. Plant in a sunny spot with good drainage and mix in some well rotted compost and manure prior to planting. Adding in some potash will give you more flowers and therefore fruit. Check out some of the heritage seed banks if you want to try older varieties. You'll know it's time to harvest when the vine starts to wither and yellow and the fruit gives a dull thud when you tap your knuckle on it.
 
There was also some great eggplants in that bed that I got to take home . Thanks Lee!
 
 

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