Melon, Hale’s Best Jumbo

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Geography/History:
Hale’s Best Jumbo Melon was discovered by ID Hale near Brawley, California in 1923.  It was reportedly growing in a Japanese market gardener’s field. This is a similar story to the Crane melon, but Mr. Crane crossed his discovery with an unknown melon to produce the famous Crane Melon. However you look at it, California has been very lucky to have so many wonderful Japanese immigrants bring their heirloom seeds to the golden state when they settled here.

Nutritional value:
An excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.

Sun: Full Sun
Spacing: 1ft apart
Height: 2.5ft-3.5ft
Optimum Soil pH: 6.0-7.0
Days To Maturity:80-90
Sowing Method: Directly Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips :
Amend soil with aged manure or compost before planting.

Growing the vines in raised rows, known as hills, ensures good drainage and will hold the sun’s heat longer.

If you are in a cooler zone, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting. Cantaloupe vines are very tender and should not be transplanted until all danger of frost has passed.

If you live in warmer climes, you can direct sow seeds outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 65 degrees to avoid poor germination. Plant seeds one inch deep, 18 inches apart, in hills about 3 feet apart.

If you have limited space, vines can be trained to a support such as a trellis.

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