heaven is a melon like this
Chickens love the Arava rinds, but that’s not saying much as the chicken list of favorite foods is a very long one. This morning, along with melon rinds, the chickens got Trombetta squash, Asian cucumbers, and reject strawberries (that means previously sampled by bugs or rodents), all cut into pieces a chicken could grab and run with. Strawberries perhaps surpass melon rinds in popularity, but the whole bucket is welcomed enthusiastically. That’s why I never give them anything with mold on it – some chicken may very well eat first and ask questions later, by which time it will be too late.
Arava’s taste and productivity could be stabilized into a new open-pollinated variety over several years with a sprawling measure of land and irrigation water allocated to it. It’s not a home-garden-scale project. But what if hundreds of home gardeners each found one food plant to lovingly obsess over? The Arava melon breeder would have it tough – all those melons, each one needing to be tasted. I’m already thinking how there’s space in the solar garden but a big melon patch so near ground squirrel town would need a live-in protector. A little terrier perhaps. Please – somebody else do it – don’t throw me into that melon patch.