Melon, Banana

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Geography/History:
Banana Melons were being sold in American seed catalogues as early as 1885 (by J.H. Gregory Co.)

Nutritional Value:
Good source of Thiamin, Folate, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6.

Sun: Full Sun
Spacing: 9-10 ft
Height: 11-14″
Optimum Soil pH: 6.1-7.5
Days To Maturity: 85-90 Days
Sowing Method: Outdoor Sow

Planting/Growing Tips:
1) Select a location in full sun, with well-drained soil. Spread a 2-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure over the planting area. Work it in as you till the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

2) Sow seeds when the soil has warmed to 75 degrees F and the danger of frost has passed. Mound the soil into a low, broad hill about 8 inches high, mixing in 1 to 2 tablespoons of complete fertilizer per hill. Plant three to four seeds in each hill, forming a circle with seeds about 5 inches apart. Plant the seeds an inch deep. Space the hills about 4 feet apart.

3) Water the melons weekly with a soaker hose. Allow the water to seep into the soil until the top 6 to 8 inches of soil are wet. Water in the morning so the foliage is wet for a limited period of time. This helps prevent leaf diseases.

4) Thin seedlings once they have two sets of true leaves on them. Leave two large, healthy plants in each hill and pull out the others.

5) Water the melons less frequently in late summer. This encourages the fruit to mature and eliminates cracking melons.

 

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