SAKATA'S SWEET MELON (Cucumis melo) introduced by Sakata's Seeds of Yokohama, is an heirloom that dates back centuries. The small soft-ball size greenish yellow melons have light, crisp, sweet flesh which lends itself especially well to chicken curry salad. Excellent candidate for trellising. 85-95 days. 25 seeds.
GROWING MELONS: Melons are heat lovers and heavy feeders, so pick a sunny spot and spend some time preparing the soil with rich compost and creating hills for the vines to trail down. Wait until soil temp is 70 degrees to direct sow, or start indoors and harden off. Keep the beds mulched with straw as weeding will becoming impossible once the vining gets underway. The straw will also help retain moisture in the soil and melons need lots of regular watering. Once the blossoms have set, use fish emulsion as a side dressing. Some smaller varieties are suitable for trellising.