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Marvelous Melon Guide

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Welcome to the juicy, flavorful world of melons! Melons are a sure sign of summer, full of refreshing taste and packed with vitamins! Which melons should you grow? While melon growers work to develop new and interesting varieties to please your palate, there…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Melons, Cucumis melo, are in the Cucurbitaceae family—the same family as watermelon, pumpkin, and cucumber. If you get into a deep conversation with a master gardener, they might tell you that melons are actually classified as vegetables—but we’re going to treat them like the fruits we…  READ MORE right arrow
Melons growing on a tree


Melon growing in the garden
Categorizing melons is sort of a to-MAY-to/to-MAH-to situation. There are several ways to sort out which melons belong to which category, and not all gardeners agree.  READ MORE right arrow
Young cantaloupe melon seedling
Melons are easy to grow from seed. If you have a long growing season, you can plan to plant your seeds right out in the garden. If you have a shorter growing season and you need to get a head start, you can easily start your seeds indoors and transplant your seedlings when the conditions are right.  READ MORE right arrow
Melons growing in open ground
Melons love sunshine and well-draining soil. Melons prefer rich, sandy, loamy soil, with a pH between 5.8 and 7.0. You should test your soil to determine the varieties that will grow best in the soil you have, or if you need to amend your soil to grow a particular variety.  READ MORE right arrow

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