First time canteloupes - Knowledgebase Question

cuyahoga falls, Oh
Question by mgilletly
February 16, 2011
What kind of sunlight and water do I need to plant canteloupes? Do I need any special food or equipment?


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Answer from NGA
February 16, 2011

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Like all melons, cantaloupes need all day sunshine and ample water. You can feed with a general purpose 5-10-10 fertilizer or you can spread a 2 inch layer of compost over the top of the soil. Compost will release nutrients as it decomposes and this layer of mulch will also help slow evaporation and helps suppress weeds. Spread the compost on the soil surface between your plants after transplanting your seedlings or if you sow your seeds directly in the ground, after the seedlings have developed 2 sets of leaves. Best wishes with your cantaloupes!

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