What is the proper way to plant muskmelon and watermelon in the home garden?
Muskmelon and watermelon are usually planted in hills. Plant 4 or 5 seeds per hill at a depth of 1 inch. Later, remove all but 2 or 3 healthy, well-spaced plants per hill when seedlings have 1 or 2 true leaves.
Hills of muskmelon should be spaced 3 to 5 feet apart with 5 to 7 feet between rows. Watermelon hills and rows should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart. If garden space is limited, bush-type varieties of muskmelon and watermelon are available.