When should I plant muskmelon and watermelon seeds?

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When should I plant muskmelon and watermelon seeds?

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Muskmelon and watermelon are warm-season crops.  Plant melons after the danger of frost is past and soil temperatures have warmed to 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Melons can be planted in mid-May in central Iowa.  Gardeners in southern Iowa can plant about 1 week earlier.  Plant 1 week later in northern areas of the state.  The last practical date to sow early maturing muskmelon and watermelon varieties is June 20.   

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