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    I have succombed to buying some charentais canteloupe melon seeds.

    How do folk grow their melons? I was wondering whether it might be possible to get them to grow outdoors up a trellis? Maybe if I put black plastic over the soil to warm it up and keep them fleeced 'til it warms up?
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    What does your seed packet say? Here in East Anglia growing melons outdoors would be distinctly dodgy. I wouldn't even try them in the greenhouse, much as I like them. My greenhouse space goes to tomatoes, sweet peppers and chillies.

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    I haven't got the pkt yet, but they're from USA anyway. I've grown melon in the greenhouse border a couple of years ago, but the variety wasn't great. Just wondered if anyone had tried melons outdoors as our g/h is fairly full too.
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    Guess what, I'm growing melons too . Mine are

    T&M's Eldorado F1
    Real Seeds' Prescott fond Blanc (Rock melon) and Collective Farm Women, all 3 sowed and still waiting for germination but not in heated propagator as there is no space. I think it's still better if you're able to grow outdoors but we don't have the weather for it. Somewhere I read that the melon grow outdoors because the pot was sitting on gravel or paved patio that heats up during the day.
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    Don't take this the wrong way Ami but blimey you're sure sowing lots of stuff very early - when we grew a melon in the greenhouse border, we didn't sow it until 5th May. They're real fast growers and need to be warm and light.

    Here's one of the fruit we got, I think we got three or four in total off one plant.

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    I got a 4' x 4' cold frame as my christmas prezzie so once the seeds are all done I was going to grow a melon in there, remember seeing this recommended in a gardening book somewhere.

    I've only got a tiny greenhouse and with the peppers, chillis and aubergines there's no room for a melon in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallblueplanet View Post
    Don't take this the wrong way Ami but blimey you're sure sowing lots of stuff very early - when we grew a melon in the greenhouse border, we didn't sow it until 5th May. They're real fast growers and need to be warm and light.

    Here's one of the fruit we got, I think we got three or four in total off one plant.

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    That is a beauty!! I sowed melons in march last year and finally got one the size of a ping pong ball - hoping for edible ones this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallblueplanet View Post
    Don't take this the wrong way Ami but blimey you're sure sowing lots of stuff very early - when we grew a melon in the greenhouse border, we didn't sow it until 5th May. They're real fast growers and need to be warm and light.

    Here's one of the fruit we got, I think we got three or four in total off one plant.

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    Blimey, I'd say you already have melon growing success to speak of. That looks decent stuff that you can buy from shops and 3-4 fruits per plant is pretty good going. What melon variety was that?

    I know I've sown them too early but there'll be more sowings too later on (even May if that's what you'd recommend) but with my luck, I bet the the late sowings will still go NADA on me.
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