Growing heirloom melons in your garden
- 14 heirloom melon seed varieties
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- Available varieties include watermelons, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons
- Good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K, and potassium
Heirloom melons are the very best tasting
You know that store-bought melons are nothing compared to home-grown melons if you grew up eating cantaloupes and honeydew from a relative's vegetable garden. Wouldn't it be great to wow your friends and family this year with heirloom melons from your own garden?
Heirloom melons are rather simple to cultivate, but they do need certain planting conditions. These sun-loving annuals thrive in hot climates, but they may also be cultivated in cooler climates. Grow heirloom melons in a hoop house or use black plastic to collect heat and warm the soil even more if you live in a chilly region.
When to plant heirloom melon seeds
Heirloom melon seeds are ready to plant when the soil temperature reaches at least 70°F. Construct mounds and amend garden beds with compost and fertilizer. Sow a few seeds directly into each mound. Alternatively, three weeks before the final frost, start heirloom melon seeds indoors. To allow these vining plants to spread, start transplanting three feet apart. To get the tastiest fruits, give them enough water on a regular basis.
Heirloom melons are easy to harvest and taste delicious
When the peel begins to look somewhat bleached out and the fruits easily pull away from the vine, heirloom melons are ready to harvest. Heirloom melons are indeterminate, which means they will produce several fruits from the same vine throughout the season, eliminating the need for succession planting.
Use heirloom melons for microgreens
We cultivate melons for their delicious fruit, but did you know that heirloom melons also create a delicious microgreen? Fill a seed tray with dirt and multi-sow a pinch of seeds in each cell to create melon-flavored microgreens. Water until the seedlings are two inches tall or have their first set of real leaves, whichever comes first. Cut portions of seedlings at the base with a pair of scissors. Enjoy these microgreens within a few days after picking.
Order Eden Brothers' heirloom melon seeds today and you'll be remembered as the relative with the finest cantaloupe at the family reunion for years to come.
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting heirloom melon seeds, see the Melon Seeds Planting Guide.