Melon Melon Melón Melone
Soil :Rich soil with plenty of compost added. Often grown in widely spaced enriched hills, or in well-aged compost heaps that include some soil.
Position : Full sun.
Frost tolerant : No
Helped by: Chamomile, pigweed, summer savoury, sow thistl
Sow and Plant :Sow seeds 1 inch deep in rows, or in hills spaced 6 feet apart. After 2 weeks, thin to 2 plants per hill.
Germination: 4-10 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 2′ 11″ (90cm) each way; Rows: 2′ 11″ (90cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap
Feeding : After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.
Harvesting :Harvest when sound holow if tapped hard. Wipe clean and store indoors.
Yield per 10ft of row: 10
Time to harvest: 50-120days
Notes :Fruit size varies with variety. Small melons mature quickly and take up less space compared to huge varieties.
Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.