Melon Guide

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MELON GUIDE

We offer 3 different varieties of melons in our Homegrown Gourmet™  line of veggies:  Ambrosia (cantaloupe), Lambkin (All-America Selections Winner), and Crimson Sweet (watermelon).   Melons are full of vitamin C and are up to 94% water.

Soil Preparation:

  • Choose a spot that receives 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Till the soil in early spring, removing rocks, roots and other debris.  Add compost material to the soil.
  • Wait until after last frost to plant.
  • Melons prefer warm, well-drained soil.
  • Soil pH of 6.0 to 7.0 is recommended.
  • Space plants 4 to 6 feet apart.
  • Mulch after planting to keep soil warm, suppress weeds and keep moisture consistent.

Watering:

  • Consistent, plentiful moisture is needed until the fruit is the size of a tennis ball.
  • Requires a minimum of 1 inch of water per week.
  • Water in the morning so leaves are dry by evening.
  • Cut back on watering about 3 weeks before harvest; fruit will be sweeter if the plant finishes on the “dry” side.

Maintenance:

  • Fertilize every 2-3 weeks with an all-purpose fertilizer.
  • To protect from insects, place fruit on pieces of wood while developing.
  • The best and sweetest melons ripen when the weather is hot and dry.
  • To harvest, sniff the skin and if it smells like melon, it’s ready to pick.
  • Another way to tell if they are ready is if the stem slips easily from the vine.
  • Ambrosia are ready when the skin changes from green to tan-yellow between the veins.
  • Poor flavor is most likely due to weather — cloudy during ripening; too hot; too much or too little rain.

Supplies Needed:

  • Garden Trowel
  • Garden Hose or Watering Can
  • Compost
  • Homegrown Gourmet™ Plants
  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer
  • Gardening Gloves

Other Information:

History

Melons have been enjoyed for more than 4,000 years, but the first documented use of the word “melon” was in 1395.  The word melon comes from “Melos” — the Greek Cyclades Islands, best known for the Venus de Milo.

Did You Know…

Surprisingly, melons have never been found growing in the wild.  They are believed to have originated in the hot valleys of Southwest Asia.

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Sources:  www.northerngardening.com; www.heirloom-organics.com; www.usagardener.com