Muskmelon

 

In most climates, you can plant your muskmelon seeds in hills, five seeds per hill, with the hills spaced about 6′ apart in rows.  Here in the north, we have better luck starting the plants indoors in peat pellets six weeks before setting out in the garden.  Don’t plant your muskmelons until the soil has warmed up well or they will be set back and subject to insect damage/death as such bugs as flea beetles love tender muskmelon seedlings!  We plant our muskmelons in our hoop house or under temporary little row covers so they are warmer than our daytime temperatures reach in the spring.  Harvest when the melons give a bit when squeezed and the skin has turned from tan to yellowish.  A ripe muskmelon will usually also be fragrant if you give it a sniff.  To save the seeds, just rinse them in a wire sieve then place on a plastic plate to dry.  Store in an airtight container.

Different varieties of muskmelon will cross so only grow one variety a year if you wish to save pure seed.

Muskmelon; 25 seeds per pack

Sweet Granite

Sweet Granite  Here in Northern Minnesota, we’re muskmelon-challenged.  While we have no trouble growing a 100 day squash, direct seeded in the garden, muskmelons refuse to ripen.  Fortunately, not so with Sweet Granite.  This 3 pound, kind of oblong, netted melon ripens outside without being on black plastic.  And it is drooling sweet, too!  Did I mention it’s early?  70 days  25 seeds per pack