A juicy and flavorful melon is a revitalizing fruit that health-conscious individuals might find hard to resist. They can be eaten fresh, made into a shake or even included in a fruit salad. These melons can be grown from seeds and directly sowed in soil. They are easy to plant, have short harvest time and are easy to care for. Cantaloupes and honey dew seeds may be collected when one eats fruit. However, if a gardener wants some exotic varieties, nurseries offer Crenshaw melons and banana melons. There are a lot of varieties to choose from, so pick the best one for you.
Decide if the location is suitable for melons. Melons don't like cold, so if the area has some cold breeze and even frost, it might be good to choose other fruits to plant. Choose a place in your garden that has enough sunlight. It is best if the area is free from shade of other houses, tall trees and plants.
Till the soil well, removing small wood sticks or other debris. Make sure that the soil is rich in phosphates by using manure or other organic fertilizers.
Make mounds with a width of 4 to 6 feet and plant three seeds equally spaced at the depth of half inch. The plants should be at least 1 foot away from each other.
Add plastic mulch, which can work wonders in growing melons, especially in a colder climate. Plastic mulch helps insulate the plant.
Cover the plant base with grass cuttings to preserve the heat and give nourishment to the plant.
Water melons well but prevent them from getting soaked. Excessive watering can lead to rotting of the fruit or fruit that is not sweet.
Harvest the melon when the stem that connects the fruit easily comes off, the fruit is a dark color and it produces a wonderful strong smell.