Spot of Gardening

Gardening in South Louisiana

Melons, Melons

With all the space underneath the dragon fruit orchard, I decided to grow melons, specifically Honda melons.  Honda melons are a hybrid melon from Japan.  It looks similar to a honeydew but tastes like a cantalope.  I planted the seedlings in the garden plot next to the dragonfruit orchard and let the melon plants crawl over into the ground underneath the dragonfruit orchard.  The melon plants’ leaves keep the dragonfruit roots, which are shallow, cool in the summer heat and the melon plants have plenty to space to sprawl over the ground without overwhelming other garden crops.   This has been a win-win situation for both fruit crops.  I was able to harvest a few melons and they are delicious.   It is best to let the melons continue to ripen in your kitchen a few more days after harvesting.   When the nice aroma of melon can be smelled from the outside skin, it is ready to eat.  It has a nice crispness in texture with the the mild sweetness of cantalopes.   The melons are a good size, about 10- 12  inches in diameter.  Yummy.

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August 7, 2009 - Posted by | Fruits and Vegetables

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