In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?
This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Melons should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!
Melons are a versatile family, with very different flavors. Watermelons, honeydew melons, and cantaloupes are all great melons to learn to grow. They need a lot of space, and a lot of water, so to avoid crowding out or drowning other plants, you should plant melons in their own private neighborhood.
If you’re growing Melons this year, here’s what you need to know:
1-2 inches per week
Direct sow 3-4 weeks after last frost
Corn, Radishes, Beans
Avoid Planting With
Cucumber, Zucchini, Squash, Potatoes
2-3 seeds per mound with mounds spaced 24 inches apart
Keep an eye out for pests and and disease. Slide a piece of cardboard under the fruit where it touches the ground to prevent rot.
Saving the Seeds
Simply scoop out the seeds from a ripe melon and allow to dry for about three weeks. Store in a cool, dark place.