Chris's Weblog – City Chickens

Tag Archive: melon

Honeydew Melon – Try Try Try Again

Six chitted seeds from a shop bought Honeydew Melon have been placed into a module tray and covered in polythene. Germination was super quick, they had quite a long shoot emerging after two days.  4th Feb. If I can grow them on into a decently strong plant they can be put into the ground at the allotment. Apparently they need three months of growing time after this point. I have tried many times over the years but always directly into the ground. Second batch sown today 7th Feb.

Melon Sweetheart


I have put a Melon Sweetheart into the brassica tunnel today. I have placed it behind a row of lettuce which should be harvested soon and give a bit more room for the melon to grow.

Melon Sweetheart bears medium-sized fruits with grey-green skin and light orange flesh. One of the quickest to mature. RHS ‘Award of Garden Merit’ winner.

Melons and Lemons

Today I have sown seeds of Melon Minnesota Midget, Melon Sugar Baby and Melon Honeydew, eight of each. I tried the Minnesota Midget last year but found that they ran out of summer too soon. The plant grew and thrived and even set fruit but they were too late in the season to mature. Thats why I am sowing early this year and going to put them under cover. This morning I have sown 24 Busy Lizzie seeds in a modular propagator tray and they are now sitting on the window ledge. I have often bought these from the garden centre as small plants but have never grown them from seed. I haven’t seen this particular variety before. They were bought from Alan Romans at 50p for 85 seeds.

melon sugar baby

citrus tuscan lemon





Last season one of the most exciting things we grew was the Avalon Butternut Squash but just like the melons it suffered from not having a long enough growing season so today I have sown five seeds in a four inch pot in damp compost and enclosed in a polythene bag and they are now sitting in my plastic greenhouse which is in my computer room here so I can mollycoddle them well.

avalon butternut squash

Squash:Winter:Avalon F1Hybrid
A superb variety of compact Butternut Squash. Early to ripen, and with a rich sweet orange flesh, Avalon is perfect for baking and roasting. The fruits will also store well, for up to 6 months. Harvest August onwards Cut and store before frosts. 
Sow April to May in 3in pots at 68-86F on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a layer of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 5-10 days