Growing melon - useful tips
Melon is valued for its taste, the most pleasant aroma and is used mostly fresh as a dessert. It is easily absorbed by the body, so it is referred to as a valuable dietary product. It has a good effect on an emaciated body, increases its tone, and has a positive effect in case of anemia.
Seed preparation and agrotechnology
Cultivation of melons should be started with the selection of precocious varieties and the selection of suitable seeds. This culture prefers light and heat. Cultivation of melons should be carried out in moderately moist soil, watering should be done when the top layer dries. In the case of growing in greenhouses, the room should be aired often. This fastidious crop will not grow in dense soils, with humid air, in cool weather and with over-feeding with fertilizers. You need to feed it with a non-concentrated solution of mineral fertilizers. It should sometimes loosen the soil around the melon. Growing plants in cool regions is best done using early varieties,for the reason that it takes a little more than thirty days from flowering to ripening, and for the rest this time is up to sixty days. Small, about 1 kg of fruit, it is possible to grow on the balcony and in the greenhouse. To provide them with the necessary food area, even a six-liter plastic bucket is sufficient. Also, the cultivation of melons, or rather seedlings, is produced in warm early greenhouses or under film greenhouses.
As soon as the soil at a depth of 10 cm reaches 15 degrees Celsius, the plant must be sown with dry seeds immediately into the ground, to a depth of 3 cm. Growing melons through seedlings allows you to harvest three weeks earlier. But for this, you must first place the plant in a pot for thirty days before transplanting into the ground. In order to achieve the fastest possible sprouting of the seeds, they are soaked before it and placed in the soil as soon as the first sprouts hatch. When the seedlings appear about six petals, it must be planted in a permanent place. One tablespoon of ash is poured into the well, watered with a weak solution of potassium permanganate so that the fungi do not spread, then it is completely poured with warm water and, after being completely absorbed, seedlings are planted from the pot into the well.
In greenhouses, in order to prevent the plant from deforming under its own weight, it is tied up and twisted around its vertical structure as it grows. Pollination occurs at the expense of insects, but in inclement weather, this procedure is carried out independently. When the fruit grows to the size of a tennis ball, it is suspended in the net so that the melon does not break. To find out the degree of ripeness of a melon, you need to pay attention to the color of the fruit. If he turned yellow - this is a good sign, then it can be removed. It is better to pick the fruits one by one, but not all at once. Melons are good because they can ripen even after they are picked! To grow a fragrant and delicious dessert in the garden, you need to try hard, because the cultivation of melons is quite painstaking.