HONEYDEW MELON (Cucumis melo), also known as White Antibes, Bailan or Wallace. These very sweet melons are one of my favorites, but you do need a long warm season and preferably arid climate to grow. A French heirloom, Honeydew were introduced in America in 1911. The round, smooth skinned light lemon/lime exterior reveals bright green flesh that is succulent and sweet with a small seed cavity. Fruits average 5 lbs, and are good market choices as they both ship and store well. 115 days. 10 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.