Melon Plants Do Not Like to Be Moved

Early this year when I first decided to plant some vegetables, I had only a 15 foot long and 3 foot wide garden bed that got afternoon sun.  That has since been rectified, since my back yard south facing lasagne garden was ready to plant a few weeks after I assembled it. But that is another story.  In my tiny garden patch, I put two melon plants, since my husband loves them as has melon for breakfast every morning.

cantaloupe

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Whatever you do, don’t Move the Melon Plants!

When my big 800 sq ft garden was ready to plant, I moved the melon plants.  Later, I read that melons do not like to be moved.  I learned out the hard way, by experience, that this appears to be true.

The plants were moved into a mound, with fresh compost and additional top soil added, but never did much. Gradually, they just got yellower and yellower.  I finally found two hopeful melons and thought “well, at least he’ll have two for breakfast.”

Not to be.  I went out the other day and both of them had rotted.  I guess I could blame it on me not giving them the right conditions, or too much watering, or something else my fault, but I don’t think that is the case.

Within about 5 feet of them, one under an heirloom tomato plant and the other in a patch which had an old compost pile that has since broken down are growing two really healthy melon plants. Both of them came from the seeds of hybrid melons that ended up on that compost pile while I was waiting for my lasagne garden to finish decomposing.

Both plants are smaller but are very green, have plenty of flowers and seem to be thriving.

These are the two plants I moved:

melon plantsAnd these are the “hitch hikers”:

melon plants

melon plantsTo make matters even worse, the photo above this text is in an area of the garden that has NOT been till, aerated or dug up in any way.  It is just the area that was underneath a compost pile. (the soil is compacted and heavy…can’t believe anything is growing there.  I call it my test patch, since a lot of seeds from household refuse ended up in that compost pile and germinated when I moved it.)

The plant under the taller tomato patch is in aerated and dug soil with fresh compost added.  It is the greenest one of all.

And these are the two hopeful melons that gave up the ghost this week:

melon plantsTime will tell as to whether I get any melons from either of the stray plants, but I have learned one thing….melons don’t like to be moved!

Have you ever tried to move melon plants? Did it work out for you?  Let us know in the commend section below.

October 24th, 2012.  Update on the hitchhikers.   I got one, count ’em, 1 melon. It was tiny…and was from the plant in the un-tilled patch.  It was tasty enough but did not get to a normal size.  Sort of a miniature version of a cantaloupe.

I’ll try again next year.  They are my husband’s favorites, after all….

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