May 4, 2011

Planting Melons in the Home Garden

Though they take up considerable space and require a long growing season, many home gardeners can't resist planting a few watermelons and muskmelons. 

Planting Conditions

Melons are relatively easy to grow. Their basic requirements are full sun and a fertile, well-drained soil. Heavy, poorly drained soils can often be improved by incorporating organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil. 

Ant Mounds Abound

Among the usual plethora of early spring phone calls and messages this year have been several inquiring about large ant mounds in prairies, pastures, CRP fields and roadsides. The ant mo