Nature does not produce anything sweeter than a ripe exotic melon. Being a favourite item to grow, we have tested various melon varieties over the years. We have had great success producing quality melons here in Canada due to good varieties and use of IRT mulch. CULTURE: In Canada, melons are best started indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Start 3-4 seeds in a 3-4" pot. Transplant to the below plant spacing, do not break clumps apart. SOIL: Melons like well drained, sandy-silty loam, high in organic matter pH 6.0-6.8 FERTILITY: Enrich with compost or well rotted manure in the spring. Melons are heavy users of nitrogen, potassium and calcium. GERMINATION: For proper germination soil must be at least 75-80F/24-27C for 5 days. Cooler soil temperature will result in poor germination. SPACING: Plant in clumps 3-4 seeds per clump, 24" apart in rows 4-7 ft apart. Close planting will result in smaller fruit size. PESTS: See Cucumber section. 25-35 sds/gm.
TIP: We have had great success using IRT plastic mulch which warms up the soil, retains moisture and reduces weed competition. See Hardgoods section of catalogue.