INDOORS: In Canada, melons are best started indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Start 3-4 seeds in a 3-4" pot. Transplant to the below plant spacing, do not break clumps apart. GERMINATION: For proper germination soil must be at least 75-80F/24-27C for 5 days. Cooler soil temperature will result in poor germination. SOIL: Melons like well drained, sandy-silty loam, high in organic matter pH 6.0-6.8 FERTILITY: Enrich with compost or well rotted manure in the spring. Melons are heavy users of nitrogen, potassium and calcium. SPACING: Plant in clumps 3-4 seeds per clump, 24" apart in rows 4-7 ft apart. Close planting will result in smaller fruit size.