Hi I’m Trisha, an organic gardener I grow
organically… For healthy and safe food supply, for
clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding
experience. Melons, the quintessential taste of summer. Don’t
do a hit or miss in the grocery aisles. Play your own sweet melons. Melons are
cucurbits like cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. Like their relatives melons enjoy a
long warm seasons. There is an astounding variety of
melons from familiar friends like honeydew and cantaloupe to more exotic varieties like Jaune
Canary and Piel de Sapo. If you live in a
long growing season you can start your melons from seed. If you
have a shorter season you probably want to start with
transplants but the shorter season varieties like Rocky Ford and Siven are easy to grow.
When planting melons directly it’s important to wait until the ground has
warmed up to 65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to
plant it sooner you can lay down some plastic mulch
which a warm soil. The other way to plant melons earlier is
to start them inside. Like all cucurbits they don’t like
their roots disturbed. So use a biodegradable pot like the
Cow Pots, Peat Pots or Coco Pots. Another transplant method that works
well as a soil block. The pots or blocks should be at least
two inches to avoid stunting the growth of the melons. Start the plants on your last frost date. They’ll be ready to set out in two to
four weeks when they have 2-3 true leaves. By that time the soil should be warmed
up enough. You can either plant melons in hills or trellis them. If you want to plant them in hills,
direct seed 6 per hill and then thin to two or three of the strongest seedlings when they have two to three true leaves.
If you’re planting from transplants plant two to three per hill. Your hills should be spaced three to six feet apart.
If you are trellising the plants, space a foot apart along the trellis. The
key to growing sweet melons is to make sure that the plants aren’t
stressed during the growing season. They can
be stressed with foliar diseases, excesses a water or not enough water, poor nutrition, weeds and insect pests. Foliar diseases
can be avoided by making sure the melons aren’t crowded
and practicing proper crop rotation. Don’t plant curbits in the same spot
for three years. Use a floating row cover like Agribon early in the season to keep flea beetles
and cucumber beetles off the plants. Makes sure you take the row cover off when the
plants bloom so they can be pollinated. Later on in
the season be on the lookout for squash bugs. Check
around the base of the plant’s on the undersides of the leaves and pick
of any that you find and destroy them. If you have a aphid troubles you can
blast them off with water using a strong stream like the one from
this bug blaster. If you still have troubles try an
organic insecticide labeled to control aphids one like this
Insecticidal Soap won’t harm beneficial insects. Keep your beds free from weeds and be sure know how to balanced
fertilizer, this one from Down to Earth works really well. Make sure the melons
get even moisture when they’re young, up to the size of a tennis ball. After
the fruit has sized up cut back the water. It’s better to water
the plants deeply once or twice a week instead of a light
sprinkle every day. Too much water will make the melons
watery and tasteless. The melons are ready to
harvest when they have a sweet fragrance and the little end turns brown and they should be very easy to take off
the vine. The netted varieties will often take on a golden color, this
one is still very green. Enjoy your sweet delicious homegrown
organic melons, and grow organic for life. thank you for watching please subscribe
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