Honeydew is a variety of melon that was cultivated in southern France hundred years ago and is known as white Antibes.
Whether you take it fresh, as a smoothie or added to salad, no doubt this wonderful melon makes a refreshing treat for summer. It is rich in vitamins and essential minerals that makes it a healthy choice when craving for a sweet snack. It is also low in calorie!
Honeydew is a member of the cucurbit family, and just like cucumber and pumpkins, they have similar planting requirements. Except that honeydew and its two cousins, cantaloupe and watermelon need extra care in order to attain a sweeter taste. The need to avoid as much stress as possible during their growing period. You need to closely watch for pest and plant diseases and to take immediate action as soon as they appear. Honeydew takes a bit longer to grow than other melon varieties, but makes up for its unique tastes.
How to plant honeydew.
You first need to find a good spot in your garden, honeydew melon likes to grow in a location where it’s hot and full of sunshine. Your garden soil has to be fertile and well drained to achieve a good quality fruit. Prepare your soil by adding organic compost, this will condition the soil and have a better drainage.
If you’re planting from seeds directly to your garden, your mound should be at least six to twelve inches of soil. Dig the soil well and space out the seedlings by placing 3 to 5 seeds two inches apart and one inch deep. Space them 2 feet apart in rows and at least five feet apart. Remember that melons take up a lot of space to allow better air circulation and to avoid pests and plant diseases.
If you’re starting your seed indoors, which gives you a head start on the season, it’s best to grow your seed in paper pots or a compostable container to avoid stress and damaging the roots. Sow at least 3 seeds about an inch under the loose potting soil. Water them well just enough to keep them moist but not soaked. When they are ready for transplanting, don’t forget to break open the bottom of the seedling pot and bury the whole thing, this will let the root settle properly into the soil. Space them 2 feet between each mound.
You will need to water your melon well during its growing stage and go easy once it started to fruit. For a better chance of getting a sweeter melon, let the soil dry out between watering. You will know that the fruit is ready for picking when skin turns almost white. Never pick the fruit before it’s fully ripen.
Melon is a very rewarding plant to grow, especially for long hot summers. Have fun gardening!
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