Rich soil with plenty of compost added. Often grown in widely spaced enriched hills, or in well-aged compost heaps that include some soil.
After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.
Nasturtium, Marigold, Oregano, Corn, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Beans and Morning Glory.
Single Plants: 2′ 11″ (90cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2′ 11″ (90cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Sow seeds 1 inch deep in rows, or in hills spaced 6 feet apart. After 2 weeks, thin to 2 plants per hill.
Fruit size varies with variety. Small melons mature quickly and take up less space compared to huge varieties.
Harvest when sound holow if tapped hard. Wipe clean and store indoors.
Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.