Growing Melons In The Desert
Cantaloupes are regularly grown by local farmers in my area in Coolidge, Arizona… For some reason, In the past, I have never gotten melon seeds planted at the right time of the year. Many times I get them started growing but then they never grow well enough to make it worth taking up space in my garden.
This Year Should Be Different
Finally, I am following a planting guide that could make the difference for me… The University Of Arizona Cooperative Extension – Garden Planting Calendar Annual Fruits and Vegetables. The funny thing that I found is Cantaloupes have a huge planting window and I still missed it… LOL
Growing Cantaloupes From Seed
If you would like to grow lovely Cantaloupes from seed, you can start putting seeds in the ground February 15th – July 15th… Then just keep them well watered, and feed them when needed… In 80 – 120 days you should have your own delicious home grown Cantaloupe…
Growing Watermelons From Seed
Want to plant Watermelon from seed? We have a much shorter planting window when planting Watermelon from seed than when planting Cantaloupe… Think early, early, early, we have from February 15th – March 15th to get watermelon seeds planted… They take 90 – 120 days to mature, just a little longer than Cantaloupe.
Melons are heavy feeders, so take the time to prepare your soil with a good dose of natural plant food, in the form of well-rotted Compost, Animal manure, Rock Dust & Mycorrhizae… Then side dress melons with an application of organic Fish & Kelp Emulsion when the fruits have set.
Melons Love Foliar Feedings
Melons would benefit from regular Foliar (leaf) feedings of a kelp based fertilizer, just be sure to follow the manufacturers directions when diluting feed to avoid burning your melons leaves. I think to be safe I might go a little weaker… 🙂
Water Melons When They Are Young
As you might guess Melons need plenty of water, one source says, they especially need it when they are young. And I quote, “Deep watering is very important when the vines are 3 – 4 weeks old”. Which was a surprise to me, I would have thought it would be more important to water them the most when they were developing fruit…
In fact, that same article said that for better tasting fruit don’t water as much when fruits are ripening. It also went on to say, that cutting back on water as fruits are setting will improve flavor because excess water dilutes the melons sugars and makes the melon less sweet.
Drip Irrigation Is Best
Use drip irrigation when possible, to keep the leaves dry, and prevent mold or mildew diseases that can ruin the flavor of the melons.
I am not sure what kind of melon this is, maybe you can help me… I was looking for a variety of melons to show you and found this… I do not think it is a Crenshaw, could it be a Golden Prize? Well, Let me know what you think…
15 Kinds Of Melons
While searching for information for this post, I found a site with information and pictures for 15 Melon Varieties, I thought it was worth taking a look at.
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