Soil Preference

Soil PH: 6.0-7.0, Ideal 6.3-6.6

The ideal soil for Melons is loose, moist, fertile, well-drained and fairly neutral.

Melons don't need a lot of nitrogen, as this encourages leaf growth at the expense of fruit. They do like phosphorus (give them colloidal phosphate) and potassium (wood ashes), as well as boron and magnesium.

Soil Preparation

Lime (Calcium), 5 pound(s) per 100 sq. ft., in top 6in of soil, 1 time

Melons dislike acidic soil, so lime the soil if necessary (preferably dolomitic lime as this also adds magnesium). The quantity required will vary according to the pH, but 5 pounds per 100 square feet would be a typical application.

Compost (N), 4 cup(s) per plant, before transplanting, 1 time

Incorporate 1 quart of compost or aged manure (melons love old manure) into the planting hole.

Standard Mix, 1 cup(s) per plant, before transplanting, 1 time

Standard mix will supply additional phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients. Incorporate it into the planting hole, along with the compost.