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Growing Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe makes a great treat on a hot summer day. It grows as a vine and it is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. It is relatively easy to grow and will be ready to harvest about 3 months after planting.

You will need to wait until soil temperatures reach 70 degrees. By putting black weed fabric down over the soil, you can warm the soil early and get a jump on the growing season no matter where you live. Melons require 2 to 3 months of heat, therefore covering the soil in early spring up north is recommended, as this will also eliminate weed competition. Keep the black fabric down and simply cut a X where you are planting. Never use plastic, as this will not allow water to the plant.

Because melons are 90% water, it is critical that you keep them hydrated. Soaker hoses are recommended, as overhead watering in the summer heat can subject them to diseases. Trellising cantaloupe will help increase air circulation and light. This reduces chances of disease and insects like Aphids. This allows you to plant your plants 12 inches apart rather than the 3 to 4 foot apart that is required without a trellis.

Like all melons, cantaloupe requires a nutrient rich, pH neutral soil consisting of 4 to 6 inches of compost or manure to be worked into the soil. It also likes a moist but not soggy soil in the warm summer months during fruiting.

Incorporating plenty of organic matter and compost into your garden is critical before planting your crops. Continuing to feed with slow release granular fertilizer works well for those people with limited time. This fertilizer will continue to feed for 3 months and it includes micronutrients that may have been depleted from gardens of years past. For those people with a little more time, water soluble fertilizers like Miracle Gro  will feed your plants every 2 weeks and will help produce large yields. For those Organic gardeners, fish fertilizer works great as well.


Vigoro 3.5 lb. Tomato and Vegetable Garden Plant Food Plus CalciumMiracle-Gro 1.5 lb. Tomato Plant FoodAlaska 1 Gal. 5-1-1 Fish Fertilizer

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Posted 2017-04-13T17:50:20+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL