Athena Hybrid Cantaloupe
• 75 days.
• Germination: 7 to 14 days at 75 to 85 F. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 12 inches apart with 36 inches between rows.
Athena Hybrid Cantaloupe is known for its great taste, color, aroma, disease resistance, and shelf-life. These melons are oval in shape and can grow to 6 pounds. Flesh is orange and coarsely netted.
Melons are a refreshing and delicious addition to your garden. With so many sizes, shapes, and tastes, there is a type of melon that just about everyone loves. Some well-known melon varieties include watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Plant melons in soil with plenty of calcium to help prevent blossom-end rot from occurring. Melons do best in warm soil with plenty of nutrients. You can direct-sow the seeds in rows, or by planting them in hills with a few seeds in each to improve drainage and soil warmth. Be sure melons get a steady water supply. When planting, keep in mind that melon vines with take up a good amount of space in the garden, with some kinds stretching up to 10 or 20 feet. You can grow some melons vertically if you prefer, using a strong, large trellis.
Harvest melons by cutting them from the vine once they are ripe. There are some ways to help you figure out if melons are ripe and ready to pick. In general, look for a dull thumping noise when you tap on the melon, a sweet fragrance when smelling the rind, softening, and changes in color.
Recipes/How to Use:
Melons are wonderful all by themselves. You can also add them to fruit salads, desserts, or blend them into drinks.
Refreshing Melon Smoothie
1/2 cup yogurt
6 ounces melon (such as cantaloupe or honeydew), cut into cubes
1/2 cup juice of your choice (such as orange or apple juice)
Add ingredients to a blender and blend completely. For a thicker smoothie, use frozen, cut-up fruit.