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Help Me Put a Melon Debate To Bed?

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Help Me Put a Melon Debate To Bed?

cayjohan | May 20, 2009 08:33 AM

This household has suddenly become weirdly obsessed with Moon and Stars watermelons. Due to newly gained sunny spaces, we're putting in raised beds. Hub sees this as perfect for the M&S's. I am skeptical, as watermelons are largish plants, and my beds will be smallish...which I see as perfect for chards and beets and the like. Now, I did see on another thread that squash can be trellised per the Square Foot Gardening doctrine, but I couldn't find any hard how-to on the SFG site (probably user error!). I thought perhaps this could be an option with melons?

So:
- How much space (sq ft) does one need for melons (and: one plant? two? I don't even know what kind of pollination needs or yields to imagine).
- Can this be done on a trellis system of home design...no $500 designer gardening accessories for us! Are there special considerations for the planting box size?
- I realize melons are a thirsty crop, and we've been having very dry summers. Realistically, is the hypervigilance vis-a-vis watering enough going to be just too onerous for a few melons? (Albeit ridiculously beautiful melons!) And really, what is *watering enough* for melons?

So confused. Nothing new!

Thanks for any help!

Cay

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