|Huglekulture bed with a loquat in the foreground|
I got some seeds because I thought Marty might like them, so I tried them out this year in the shadehouse. Planted between the beans, they've been easy to grow, not overly thirsty either. The first ripe fruit was left on the vine too long because the seed packet said to wait until the stem was brown before picking. We waited, the fruit turned yellow-ish, smelled amazing, but still the stem was green. Just when I couldn't take it anymore, it was too late!
The second one was picked today, it smells ready..
|Home grown Amish rockmelon on the left,|
honeydew melon from the health food shop on the right
|Inside the Amish rockmelon|
Marty loved it! That makes me very happy! I've saved the seeds for next year, I'll definitely grow it again.
The beans weren't as much a success, I grew snake beans this year. They grew fine for a time, producing a handful of beans, then the older leaves became mottled with yellow, the younger leaves became small and deformed, and the beans themselves became small and deformed too. Guessing it's a nutrient deficiency, I looked into our soil test results from a few years ago. Turns out we're lacking a few things, but Molybdenum is missing in action. It's kinda important for beans and all legumes in general. I've since applied a trace mineral product to the beans, but I think they're past due now. Still, it's good to know for the future so we can work on adding Mo, and the other nutrients needed, to the soil.
Summer was very hot, but thankfully short. I'm wondering what this means for winter.
In the meantime, we're enjoying the perfect weather, and wishing everyone a good week.