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The rockmelon vine is producing a few fruit for the family. None are ready for picking yet.

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Comment by Rob Collings on March 10, 2016 at 20:09

These 2 below were the last to come out of the melon patch back in January. The pink/red was sweet despite been a little early. The yellow tasted sour.

Comment by Mark Braz on March 10, 2016 at 17:20

Nice melons you have Rob

Comment by Sophie on March 10, 2016 at 16:18
Thanks Rob, I ll keep an eye out for it
Comment by Rob Collings on March 10, 2016 at 16:10

The results in that video link Sophie are amazing. You can get crusher dust from any landscape supply.

Lissa gets her's from Pine Rivers landscaping supply.

The crusher dust is crushed basalt which is used widely in construction and landscaping. The section of my driveway closest to the house is all crusher dust (in leu of concrete) and a 2 cubic meter surplus pile is where I have been getting mine. I've run out and need to order some more.

I got my VRD from Nova Gardens nursery at The Gap. I truly believe it makes a difference ... I see it as a scattergun approach for adding a wide range of minerals to your soil, in a superfine powder form.

I believe that Mark Braz is hunting down a bulk quantity of Volcanic Rock Dust, so watch the BLF site as I'll encourage him to post it if he tracks some down.

Comment by Sophie on March 9, 2016 at 20:42
Yum!! Where do you get the crusher dust and rock dust from, Rob? I remember watching a vid years ago from a Tafe in Nth America and they would pile woodchip mulch 2 metres high, mixed w rock dust and one year later would sow and then yield mammoth kale. Oh just found it https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MEkFFRjDkvs. Mm those melons do look great.
Comment by Phil on December 30, 2015 at 9:13

No wonder they turned out so nice with a delivery of 50L of fertile fish water every 2 days! I'm staying away from water hungry melons as I have enough on my hands just watering my current plants which are mostly in pots and thus needs constant watering. But hats off to you Rob for your success even if it's "only honeydew" :)

Comment by Lissa on December 29, 2015 at 18:19

Struth that looks good. Now craving a piece of sweet honeydew.

Comment by Rob Collings on December 29, 2015 at 12:05

Yes Phil, in the dry weeks, generally, once every 2 days when below 30 and once every day above 30. The overflow for one of the wicking beds feeds into this patch. The patch was/is getting about 50 Litres from the inside Jade perch tank every 2 days (approximately). 

The soil is deco-granite (with a bit of silt/clay), crusher-dust & aged horse manure mix and a sprinkle of volcanic rock dust. There is a 1 year+ old moisture holding layer about 500 - 800mm below the surface (10cm dia. logs, amongst sticks, leaf-litter & old straw), that should be holding moisture.

I also have a sunken worm farm in the centre.

And still no big watermelons ... yet.

Mr. I don't know what I'm growing picked a honeydew I previously believed was a mini-watermelon today and it tastes insanely good ... sweet, very tasty and full of water. Unfortunately it's the only honeydew.

Comment by Phil on December 29, 2015 at 7:29

There you go again Rob growing abundantly in that special soil mix you have created at your place. Did you have to water regularly to get fruit of that size and quality?

Comment by Lissa on December 29, 2015 at 4:46

They are good looking fruit Rob. Slightly ridged skin - quite different from the smooth ones I've tried growing in the past. Good variety whatever they are.

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