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I was born in Guernsey (but now live in Brittany) and our main industry was growing tomatoes although that industry has now virtually disappeared. Growing tomatoes to a Guernseyman is like wine to a Frenchman, it's in our blood! I do not profess to be an expert, but I have picked up a few tips and techniques which work for me.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

What a fine pair of melons!

Well that got you attention!
With all the very hot days that we have been having, my melons have really come on well. They do need lots of heat to get a decent crop. If I try not to be too greedy, I should restrict this plant below to three melons, or they will stop swelling and turn yellow too early if there are too many on the plant.

This is what happens if you have too many on one plant, as you can see they have turned yellow so have to be removed. The trouble is that when you have 10 nice little melons on your plant, it takes a lot of courage to snip some off, but in the long run it is for the best. As you can also see, I always grow them  on shoots, and leave a couple of extra leaves on.

End of July and my first juicy melon