Melon Green Nutmeg
Relatively early maturing, it is one of the oldest heirloom varieties still in cultivation. Its small, two to three pound fruits are slightly oval in shape with heavy netting on the skin. Fruit is sweet, flavorful and aromatic. Light green in color, fading to salmon near the center of the fruit. Approximately 85 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season ClimatesSOWING: Start seeds indoors or in a greenhouse 3 to 4 weeks prior to planned transplant, cover seeds with 1/2 inch of fine soil in individual peat pots.
TRANSPLANTING: Be sure weather has warmed adequately before transplant in late spring. Harden off plants and employ cloches or light agricultural fabric to protect from cool night temperatures.
SPACING: In raised rows or hills leave 3 feet between plants. Allow room for vines to run.
GERMINATION: 10 to 20 days keep soil warm and moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Growing melons is a challenge in cool, short season climates. Select a warm, sunny location with southern exposure or against a heat retaining wall. Soil should be fairly rich, well drained and raised for extra warmth. Water plants when soil becomes fairly dry, preferably in the morning. Avoid over watering or spraying the foliage. Harvest fruit just before it would separate from the vine on its own.