Answer: Mulch is a great idea for melons. Mulch helps to keep the ground moist and the fruits clean and thereby less prone to pests and disease. Black plastic is a good choice (though not so attractive) because it helps the soil to warm up in the spring and keeps it warm. Of course, you need to remember to poke some holes in it for water to get through. If you don't like the black plastic, straw or salt hay is also fine.
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