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by Charlie Nardozzi

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Growing Melons in a Cold Climate

Q: I live in a cold part of Wisconsin and want to grow melons. What's the best way to get started?

A: There are tips to growing melons in a cold climate. First, select a short-season variety, such as 'Earli-Dew'. Start seedlings indoors three weeks before your last frost date. While the seedlings are growing, prepare the soil by adding a 3-inch-thick layer of compost and form a raised bed. Cover the soil with dark green or black plastic mulch. Transplant once the soil has warmed to 60 degrees F.

When the vines start to run, side-dress with an organic fertilizer. Keep well watered. In late summer, about one month before your expected first frost date, snip off any flowers, small fruits, and the growing tips of the vines. This will send more energy into maturing the fruits that are already formed.

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