Melon Growing Guide

Melon

Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 

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.

Feeding

After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.

Companions

Nasturtium, Marigold, Oregano, Corn, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Beans and Morning Glory.

Spacing

Single Plants: 2' 11" (90cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2' 11" (90cm) with 2' 11" (90cm) row gap (minimum)

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.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Fruit size varies with variety. Small melons mature quickly and take up less space compared to huge varieties.

Harvesting

Harvest when sound holow if tapped hard. Wipe clean and store indoors.

Troubleshooting

Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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