Hummingbirdz comments on melon pit success:
“I followed your method to compost scraps of meat into the garden with chicken poop, cow poop, and bones into the pumpkin area. I have a tidal wave of pumpkin leaves… I have a pumpkin bigger than a basketball at this time. Open pollinated organic or heirloom. Great into. Appreciate you.”
That is on this video:
The melon pit method of composting really works well – I have been quite pleased with my success over the years. (Though, I must say, this year we had some really persistent varmint dig deep into multiple pits and steal the chicken guts we’d buried. Other than 2022, it’s worked great…)
How to Make a Melon Pit
It’s very simple to do.
Just dig a pit at least 2′ deep and throw in some “strong” materials, like fish guts, an old pork chop, fresh chicken manure etc., then cover it over with dirt and plant on top. You’re making a mound (which pumpkins, squash and melons like), but you’re fortifying it beneath with very rich materials. You can also throw in ashes, some seaweed, a lasagna, dog droppings, humanure, roadkill or whatever – seriously! The stuff you might be scared to compost in a pile is fine once buried. A few weeks after planting your melon pit, the young seedling roots will start to find that rotting material and will turn deep green and start running like crazy. It’s super fun to see the vines discover the riches you’ve buried deep beneath the soil.
This is one of the many composting methods I cover in Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting. It’s good to have a lot of tools in your gardening toolkit so you can be confident about your ability to grow food no matter what happens.
You can literally eliminate purchasing fertilizer or amendments once you know how to use the many sources of fertility already available in your backyard.
OK, but I never could work out why anybody would want a pumpkin that big.
Aaand, if raccoons keep digging up the old eggs in the melon pit, trap them and make new melon pits. Continue as necessary.
We butchered a turkey. The carcass went in 1 hole and the feathers went in the other. Watermelon seeds on both. That wa second week of July. Currently still a work in progress.