Drat! Here I was all set for some super sweet melons and they taste totally blah. I’ve been searching the internet trying to find out what makes a blah melon (these are the small melons like cantaloupe, sharlyn, etc). However, I’ve not gotten a definitive answer.
Some people say it’s the water, too much gives a dilute flavor. If that is truly the case that is my problem, because I’ve got them planted with plants that need regular watering. However, another post says its the soil, another that you need the right fertilizer, etc.
I think the answer for me is to contact my local agricultural extension. I know I mentioned this in my first blogs, but it bears repeating regularly. Agricultural extension agents have knowledge that is perfect for your area. Asking on a forum can be tricky. The answers may come from entirely different climates or even different countries! Someone’s success can be a fluke, without any science behind it. There are all kinds of reasons why what worked for one person might not work for you. Agricultural agents work with farmers right there in your area. They know the soil, weather, and any other mitigating circumstances that could be affecting your crops.
Even though they work with large scale farms they will take the time to make sure a small home grower has the right info. At some extension agencies they have a horticultural agent that will work more with homeowner’s, but someone in the agency will certainly have the answer you need. As it stands, I may have overwatered my melons. They sure smell heavenly, and I’ll eat them even if they are bland, because I grew them, but maybe next year I’ll have to work with the nature spirits to plant them with something that doesn’t need so much water and I’ll have sweet treats.
Any ideas for me and others to consider when growing melons?