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Summer plants: plant out after last frost in April or May.  


Melon plants are sold in 2.5-3" peat pots or plastic pots.  Peat pots can be planted directly in the ground, but I recommend tearing strips in the sides and bottom to allow roots to quickly grow into soil.


Space plants about 2 feet apart.  All melon varieties vine extensively.  Give them plenty of space, or allow them to crawl under established tall plants like okra, sunflowers, and corn.


Variety information:

Cantaloupe "Da Vinci": Very sweet, ribbed and netted cantaloupe that is quick to mature compared to other cantaloupes (70-80 days)

Watermelon "Sugar Baby": Produces small, "icebox" melons that are easier to manage for the home gardener.  Intensely sweet.  Red flesh.

Melon plant: watermelon and cantaloupe

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