How to grow melons
Sow melon seeds in pots, 1.5cm deep on their side. Transplant seedlings 90cm apart in a greenhouse or cold frame.
Choose fertile moist soil and a sunny sheltered site.
Water and feed your melon plants regularly. You can grow melons by tying the shoots to wires or letting them trail.
Remove the growing tip of the main shoot when it's 1m long and remove the tip of the side shoots after five leaves. Melon fruit will form on the subsequent side shoots.
You should get one melon per shoot.
As the melon is ripening on the plant, place the fruit on a tile or hang in netting to protect it. Cut the melons from the plant when they're fully ripe.
Tips on growing melons
You can rub the female flowers with the male to help pollination. The male flowers have a thin stalk.