Archive for the ‘Melons & Watermelons’ Category

How to Grow -Watermelon

Although related to cantaloupe, cucumbers, and squashes; watermelon stands alone. When you grow your own you’ll find out what I mean- and how it got it’s name. Oh, and be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand. Plant your seeds the same way you would winter squashes, 3-4 to a hill. Give them a [...]

October 23, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Melons & Watermelons  One Comment

A Gardener’s Dilemma

Starting melon seeds indoors would give us a bit of a jump on the harvest, so I gave it a shot with these fabulous heirloom seeds. Unfortunately my set-up wasn’t what it should be, only one seed did manage to sprout from the cell pack. I built a nice mound and planted the lonely seedling. [...]

June 2, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Melons & Watermelons  No Comments

Let’s Talk More Melon

Choosing which variety of melon to try may be the hardest part of growing them. I’d suggest you start by asking yourself a few questions: 1. Do I want to save the seeds? If the answer is yes, you’ve narrowed your choices down to heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. There are a number of companies that [...]

October 14, 2011   Posted in: How to Grow, Melons & Watermelons  2 Comments

Let’s Talk Melon

There are two basic kinds of melon in the family Cucurbitaceae- Melon and Watermelon. Watermelon aka Citrullus lanatus is most commonly a red-fleshed fruit, but also has varieties that will produce yellow, pink, and even orange fruit. Hybrid types can be grown to produce a melon without seeds, and in a variety of sizes. I [...]

October 11, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Melons & Watermelons  No Comments

How to Grow – Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes are a heat loving plant that can be grown in cooler climates, like here in Zone 5, with just a little extra care. Don’t start seeds inside any sooner than 3 weeks before your last spring frost. Warming the soil before setting out plants or seeds will help give them a boost. You can [...]

June 5, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Melons & Watermelons  2 Comments