We can grow a variety of melons here in south west Ontario, including watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Melons do require a long, hot summer, so a little luck is needed with the weather, but there are also some tricks you can try to grow a successful crop. Fancy growing your own this summer?
Here’s what to do:
- Start your own seeds indoors or purchase some of our plants here.
- When all danger of frost has passed in June, choose the sunniest and hottest location you can find to plant your melons. Planting close to a building can help generate additional heat. Dig a large hole in the garden and put in a good quantity of organic matter. Well rotted cattle manure or compost is excellent. Alternatively, try planting directly into your compost heap.
- Plant your transplants. Be extra careful not to damage the stem. All squash and melons are very sensitive to damaged roots and stems.
- If you can locate some reflective material, place it around the plants. This will help create additional light and heat.
- Keep your plants well watered and enjoy watching them grow. You should hopefully have a crop before the first frost.
Good luck & have fun!