Planting Muskmelons - Knowledgebase Question

Salem, WI
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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?

Answer from NGA
January 26, 2000
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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