NOIR DES CARMES MELON is one of the easiest to grow and most luxurious of all melons. Extremely dark green skin, almost black when immature, ripens to mostly orange mottled with green. Will split if not harvested promptly when ripe, so not a good choice for market growers, but good for home gardeners who tend to hover over their melons, yes? Sweet, aromatic, orange flesh. Very productive. 75 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.