Melon, Farthest North Galia (Organic)
Cucumis melo. 65 days.
Our selection from the Farthest North Mix that has been in the making since we crossed Galia F1 into the mix over 9 years ago. Still a genepool mix that has been selected for small, round, green-fleshed melons. Our goal is to breed a small fruited super early, super sweet galia/passport/tropical type melon. The color and size are mostly stable so far, however the rind style and flavor profile is still variable. Some taste a lot like the galia-type and some still have a charentais-like flavor, which is also good. A modern landrace that can still be selected by all you seed savers to create many new varieties. This most recent selection included collaboration with chef Tiffany Norton of Party Downtown in Eugene, Oregon, as part of the Culinary Breeding Network. Here’s to open source genetics!
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil mid-May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden with 2’ centers one week after sprouting. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Melons are frost-sensitive and benefit from row cover. Protect from birds while sprouting and from insects when plants are young.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry seeds. For seed purity, isolate from other C. melo by ½ mile.