Back on February 4th, I wrote about our intent to have a melon house this season and to grow melons in Vermont! We selected four varieties for our first attempt at melons.
The hoop house has been prepared and the started melon plants are planted. Straw will protect those that crawl and we have installed trellis for them to climb. I think the fruit on the climbing portion may need a sling to support it as it hangs. Saw this done in a Dupont Greenhouse at Longwood Gardens (10th image down the page)
We should have nearly another 120 days with the hoop house if we close the back and cover the door in the fall. The door can be opened on nice days. The Shade cloth will probably come off in the fall as well.
The Melon House is at the left. The middle hoop house will be tomatoes, beans, chard and beets as we work with the wettest Vermont season in decades. The hoop house to the right is where we do our winter gardening, based on the work Eliot Coleman has done at his Four Season Farm in Maine. We will put our carrots and parsnips in here now so they can stay in the ground and other summer vegetables that will come along quickly enough to be harvested and removed in time to plant winter greens. Probably some beans for nitrogen.
The Melon House and the Center Hoop house chickens in the winter.
All a learning process that we share as we go! Happy Gardening!