MELON & CANT ALOUPE

 

 

MELONS & CANTALOUPES
Growing Melons:
Plant the seeds outside after the last spring frost -don’t be in too big of a hurry to plant, as the ground must be warm enough for the seeds to germinate! For watermelons, plant a few seeds in hills 6 to 8 feet apart. For the other melons, plant 4 to 6 feet apart. Sow the seeds 1 inch deep. To get the plants off to a good start, mulch with black plastic, and work plenty of compost into the soil before planting, as melons are heavy feeders. Melons need plenty of water during the growing season, so it is a good idea to use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system. Melons should also be planted in the sunniest spot in the garden. Floating row covers placed over the growing plants will help deter insects. Just remember, the row covers must be taken off once flowers appear on the vines, so insects can pollinate them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Melons

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Melons - Heirloom & Hybird

Our Melon Selection consists of many varieties that were originated in Northern California or similiar regions to ensure maximum growing success!

-Lilly Crenshaw Melon

Creamy, sweet, and aromatic Crenshaw. Fruits average 6–8 lb. Skin is pale yellow with juicy, light orange flesh and a distinctive sweet and spicy flavor. Lilly is much earlier than most Crenshaws and will perform much better than older varieties in regions with short seasons. Harvest at forced slip. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew and watermelon mosaic virus.

-EEL River Muskmelon -

- Heirloom melon whose continual refinements have made this one of our finest melons. Long grown successfully in Nothern California foothill regions since brought here from Japan after WWII by Bear Jones of Humboldt. Luscious orange flesh infused with a distinctive, cream peach flavor. Plant Spacing: 3’-4’ Days to Maturity: 100-105 days Full Sun-Moderate Water.

-Charantais Cantaloupes -

- 90 days. Charentais is a type of true cantaloupe from Europe (what Americans call cantaloupes are actually muskmelons.) Thin, smooth skin with light green stripes, maturing to creamy yellow. Orange flesh is fine-textured, delightfully scented and very sweet. You won’t find Charentais in your grocery store - it’s thin skin and high sugar content make it fragile to ship when ripe. Enjoy its vine-ripened perfection straight from your garden - one of the sweetest rewards of home gardening. Sow in Spring, after last average frost date, & nights are no longer cool. Spacing: 4’ to 6’ between mounds

-Hearts of Gold Melon -

-90 days. Cucumis melo. Plant produces good yields of 3 lb 'cantaloupes'. The deep orange flesh is very flavorful and sweet. Try this variety at least once! This melon was developed by Roland Morrill about 1895, and granted a trademark on December 15, 1914. Hearts of Gold became the most popular variety grown for market in the entire Midwest in the 1930’s.- 3-4 lbs- pH- 7.

-Sugar Baby Watermelon -

-80 days. Great melons- 10" in diameter- good for the foothills where it is difficult to grow a melon until ripe with a limited growing season. Flesh is sweet and pink- Plastic mulch is recommended to keep the soil temperature high. Cover cloth may me needed to get any watermelon to ripen when the temperature cools in the fall... pH range-6.5-7.5.

Arava Melon

Widely adapted. Uniform, with extra-sweet eating quality. Produces high yields of heavily netted 3–4 lb. melons. Extended harvest. Harvest at full slip, when the skin of the fruit is yellow. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew. USDA Certified Organic.

 

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