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Garden-to-table guide to melons

Tips for growing and caring for melons, plus our favorite recipes come harvest time

Homegrown melons
Photo by Rob D. Brodman; written by Julie Chai

Homegrown melons

Surprisingly fragrant and impossibly delicious, home-grown melons beat store bought any day of the week because you can pick them at the peak of ripeness and eat them while they’re still warm from the sun.

Plus, growing your own means you can choose from dozens of varieties instead of the few that are available in markets. The ones most commonly grown are either muskmelons, that have netted skin and salmon-colored flesh like cantaloupes, or late melons that are more varied and include honeydew, casaba, and canary. Whatever you choose to grow will be well worth the effort.

 

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