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Eel River

Cucumis melo
HOW TO GROW MELON

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Do not over water. Direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost date. Sow in rows or thin to 2-3 plants per hill. Melons are heat lovers, and require warm springs and warm nights. In cooler climates, use plastic mulch to increase the soil and air temperature. Using floating row covers also helps. Heavy feeder, thrive in well-decayed organic matter or compost. Moist well-drained soil is important in early stages of pollination. After fruit set, do not water unless the soil is very dry and leaves begin to wilt. Best flavor produced in dry weather. Fruit is mature when fruit turns color and slips from the vine. Soil pH 6-7.5. Hardiness zones 4. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 1,260 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 5 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/4-1/2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-85˚F
Days to Germ. 3-10
Plant Spacing 18”
Row Spacing 5-6’
Days To Maturity 95
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained
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This orange-fleshed melon was bred in Northern California, but of Japanese origin. Its pointed shape and thin spotted skin is rare, and this melon is a gem. It's noted for its delicious peach flavors and creamy texture. Tags: Color: Orange, Size: Large, Shape: Round, Season: Summer, Certification: Organic.
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Eel River

Cucumis melo
This orange-fleshed melon was bred in Northern California, but of Japanese origin. Its pointed shape and thin spotted skin is rare, and this melon is a gem. It's noted for its delicious peach flavors and creamy texture. Tags: Color: Orange, Size: Large, Shape: ...
This orange-fleshed melon was bred in Northern California, but of Japanese origin. Its pointed shape and thin spotted skin is rare, and this melon is a gem. It's noted for its delicious peach flavors and creamy texture. Tags: Color: Orange, Size: Large, Shape: Round, Season: Summer, Certification: Organic.
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HOW TO GROW MELON

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Do not over water. Direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost date. Sow in rows or thin to 2-3 plants per hill. Melons are heat lovers, and require warm springs and warm nights. In cooler climates, use plastic mulch to increase the soil and air temperature. Using floating row covers also helps. Heavy feeder, thrive in well-decayed organic matter or compost. Moist well-drained soil is important in early stages of pollination. After fruit set, do not water unless the soil is very dry and leaves begin to wilt. Best flavor produced in dry weather. Fruit is mature when fruit turns color and slips from the vine. Soil pH 6-7.5. Hardiness zones 4. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 1,260 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 5 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/4-1/2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-85˚F
Days to Germ. 3-10
Plant Spacing 18”
Row Spacing 5-6’
Days To Maturity 95
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Meet Your Farmer

We promote fair trade, organic practices and environmental responsibility throughout the Restoration Seeds supply chain. Below are the family farmers and seed suppliers who bring our open pollinated seeds to you.

Eel River Produce Certified Organic by CCOF Seed grower since 1986
Bill Reynolds operates Eel River Produce, located amidst coastal redwoods in Humboldt County, CA. An experienced grower, Bill has been farming since 1986 and has 12 acres.

He chose agriculture, in part, because he wanted to raise his family on a farm. Bill chose to grow organic because " It was the only method that made sense" to him. Having met organic pioneer, Alan Chadwick, in 1970, Bill's awareness about organic runs deep. To hone his craft, he engaged with other growers and has attended 15 Eco-Farm conferences to date.

Realizing there was a lack of zucchini seed suitable for wholesale market crop demands, Bill was motivated to start seed production. He cultivates in beans, corn, tomato, squash, melon and many other crops, chosen because they dry farm well, and provide great tasting food as well as seed. Seeds that have been selected to thrive in dry farm conditions offer the advantage of being strong, an solid benefit for seed buyers.

Reflecting on his vocation Bill says, "I love growing seed. The abundance of seed that plants produce allows me to give food to food banks as part of the selection process and still earn income." While weather and birds present challenges, he approaches them with a positive spirit, knowing the bigger picture is one of fruitful success.
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