when and how to start Montreal melon seeds in SW Ontario?

luckynes13(6a)April 11, 2010

They are saying the last frost date for our area is May 6. I don't know if that will be true.

Should I be starting my Montreal melons seeds now or wait. Also how would you start them?

Any advice would be helpful, thanks.

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ianna(Z5b)

No harm starting one now in a peat pot so when the ground is ready all you need to do is to pop the plant in, peat pot and all. (also it willneed a hardening process before transplanting)

Ianna

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 1:03PM
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luckynes13(6a)

thanks I planted 8 seeds today and saved some to plant later. I made my pots from thin cardboard. I don't like using peat pots.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 10:23PM
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luckynes13(6a)

the seeds poked their heads out of the soil today

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 7:45PM
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greylady_gardener

that's great! can I ask how you started them.....did you do anything special--bottom heat, etc?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 7:02AM
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luckynes13(6a)

I made cereal box cardboard pots for them, because I don't like using peat pots.Put them in a plastic pastry tray, with peaty soil. Then I put them on my light stand and tried to keep the temp up. Have only watered once since planting, so hopefully I will not overwater them.

I have a bag of bunnie compost set aside for their garden bed.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 7:28AM
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greylady_gardener

thanks, I have a couple of seeds left so may try them again. They are probably too old now but I won't lose anything by trying them. :)
I hope you have success and get lots of melons! :)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 8:39AM
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luckynes13(6a)

if I do I will have seeds to share next year.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 8:42AM
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