Melons & Other Cucurbits
Gardening in the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 grew exponentially as a hobby, particularly amongst those who have a good plot of land. Richard Brown is a horticultural teacher in a college up in the North of England, in Wakefield, Yorkshire. The fact that he has been successfully growing melons for several years is a credit to his powers as a gardener. Pumpkins and cucumbers are members of the same botanical family, and you will also learn how to grow them. Richard Brown will teach the aspirant gardener all they need to know about propagation, technique, germination, compost and growing conditions, so that the reader can successfully grow melons and bring them to the table. He will also discuss growing cucumbers and other members of the cucurbit family. All in all, if you wish to amaze your friends by the end of the summer, this is the book you need. In fact, if you have a small front garden with a metal fence, you can grow pumpkins there and delight passers by.
Richard Brown is a horticulturist who teaches at Wakefield College, helping young and old, able bodied and disabled, become great gardeners. He was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013 for a comparative study on the use of horticulture as therapy between the UK, Canada and the USA. He is a member of the Northern Fruit Group, which gives talks on fruit growing. Richard helps them at the Royal Horticultural Society shows at Tatton Park, Liverpool, and the Great Yorkshire Show. This is his first book, and he is looking forward to using it to teach enthusiastic amateur gardeners grow melons and other cucurbits in Northern climates.