There is no better taste treat than a home- grown, vine-ripened melon. They're not only good tasting, but good for you, being rich in vitamins, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Melons do best in warm sandy-loam soil in full sun. They are a relatively long season crop, but northern growers can get a head start by planting seed in Jiffy Pots 3 to 4 weeks before outdoor planting. Plant outdoors when the soil reaches 60°F. Sow 6 to 8 seeds in hills 4 to 6 feet apart.