~ MELON Seed ~
Deseeding melons has to be one of the best jobs for
us. Why? Well, because you get lots and lots of melon to eat!
We are always searching for the ultimate early melon for the UK climate, and we think we are doing really well
now with the collection that we have here.
First seen in 1948, this fantastic variety was bred for short summers - it swaps size for earliness - but without any sacrifice of sweetness or flavour. Compact vines grow about 4' and quickly set several small (cricketball-sized) melons with sweet orange flesh, edible right to the rind.
The scent and flavour are incredible. Ripe melons can be located in the garden by smell alone! Fusarium-resistant, and the female flowers are formed even while it is young, thus outperforming many other varieties.
Very, very early melon. It's going to be hard to improve on this one.
Order MeMM - 12 seed £
Prescott Fond Blanc
This is a unique French variety from the early 1800s. It is a most colourful melon, with a gently ribbed surface and beautifully variegated and marbled skin.
It has been well maintained over the years and is still 'exceedingly fine flavoured and melting', with an exquisite fragrance.
Like all rock melons, it does not come off the vine when ripe, but you can tell when it's ready by the sweet scent, from a distance of several feet!
Beautiful, multi-coloured rock melon
Order MePF - 14 seed £
This is an heirloom early melon that was bred in 1905, which we have chosen for its excellent flavour when ripe.
The melons are not too big (about 1 lb) so they ripen early, and are slightly ribbed with a netted skin. The succulent flesh is bright green and very juicy when ripe.
Warning, sniffing the fruit may cause involuntary drooling. . .
Order MeEd- 14 seed £
A specially early, medium sized melon (about 1 to 2 lb) bred for home gardeners in shorter-season areas. The fruit are oval, with orange flesh, and a slight netting on the skin.
This melon was bred by the late Professor Elwyn Meader who dedicated much of his life to breeding really tasty varieties for home gardeners in places with shorter or cooler summers, so many of his varieties do really well in the UK. We have several of his other creations (such as Sweet Chocolate Pepper) in our seedbank and they always rank highest in our taste trials.
Medium melon for short seasons.
Order MeSW- 14 seed £
Five Dessert Melon
A new discovery for us, this traditional melon we recently got from Bulgaria was a real success in our 2013 trials. The plants were really happy and gew well in our polytunnel.
It is very early and sweet, and makes lots of larger slightly oval fruit, green with pale yellow stripes. They are indeed big enough to get 5 portions out of each one!
They are at their best when they have turned yellow, but still have a distinct green stripe between ribs. We got so many seed we are offering them at a very reduced price
Larger early melon for short seasons, with a good flavour. Particularly good chilled in the fridge before serving.
Order MeFD- 12 seed £
Petit Gris de Rennes
This 400-year old variety , originally from the garden of the Bishop of Rennes, was originally sent to us by melon enthusiast Frank Keirsblick of Belgium. We were discussing early melons and he said:
" . . . and I think this is the best outdoors melon, together with De Belegarde. Not as early as Minnesota Midget but very tasty. Watch the watering though as they can split just before harvest. It is even better of course in a greenhouse - more productive. . ."
This view is shared by Amy Goldman (author of "Melons for the Passionate Grower"), who writes "this is the champagne of melons . ..you'll blink in disbelief when you taste its sweetness . . . it inspires devotion".
The melons are round, and smooth-skinned with slight ribbing, and very sweet, with a really good flavour and texture.
Serve as it comes off the plant, or try it chilled with slivers of ham.
Early melon with low heat requirement. Can try it outdoors in warm areas, but best in a greenhouse or polytunnel. Particularly good flavour.
Order MePG - 14 seed £
'Collective Farm Woman' Melon
This old Ukrainian variety is not only nice and early, but has sweet, crunchy flesh. Each vine produces several melons just the right size for two (greedy) people to eat. Said to be grown in central Russia and even to ripen in Moscow - we can believe it. Most unusually, it keeps for several weeks after picking.
It has always been very reliable in the UK, and popular with you all, so when in 2010 it was dropped by the Seedsavers Exchange, we took it on. Now we have reselected (in 2015) for slightly bigger melons and more vigourous plants.
Fantastic Ukrainian melon. Seed supply very limited, consider saving your own.
Order MeCF - 10 seed £
~ WATERMELON Seed ~
'Blacktail Mountain' Watermelon
If you've had no luck with watermelons in the past, here's your chance to try again with a better strain. This variety is very tolerant of cool weather conditions, and the best choice we have found for a UK crop.
'Blacktail Mountain' was developed by plant breeder Glenn Drowns of Iowa when he was a teenager in 1977, and time after time it beats all the other early watermelons in trials - it is widely acknowledged as one of the earliest varieties available.
It has nice sweet red flesh, and is the best we have found to grow in a polytunnel or greenhouse in the UK.
Sweet and tasty red fleshed fruit - look at that , watermelon grown in Wales! Yay!