Melons are a popular and delicious fruit to grow, especially in Southern Ontario if you live in an area with full sun conditions. There are two main types of melons: sweet melons like cantaloupe and honeydew and musk melons like watermelon. Musk melons can either be smooth skinned like honeydew or netted like cantaloupe. Sweet melons typically have a thick rind.

Melons are a close relative of the cucumber and they need high temperature and high humidity to thrive. They can be direct seeded when the weather warms up in the spring or started a couples weeks ahead indoors. Melons originated in Africa and southwest Asia and were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in both the Old and New Worlds.

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