Planting Muskmelons - Knowledgebase Question

Salem, WI
Question by Leovand
January 26, 2000
What is the best method for planting muskmelons in the garden. I have heard that you should dig a large hole, fill it up with manure, pile dirt on top of this and then plant your seed in the mounded dirt. Is that correct?


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Answer from NGA
January 26, 2000

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You can certainly plant melons in a hill of rich amended soil as you described. Melons need rich soil, plenty of moisture yet not a soggy location, and also need a warm soil. Making a hill or using a raised bed helps drainage and helps the soil warm faster in the spring. You can also warm it by temporarily covering it with black plastic for a few weeks prior to planting. Many gardeners have their own methods for planting melons (just as they do for tomatoes) so you might experiment a bit and see what does best for you.

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