Grow a special and tasty treat, known for being resistant to many pests and diseases. That comes down to This Land of Ours.

Kiwanos have horned skin and look more like a cucumber inside than a melon. They have a wonderfully unique taste, a bit like banana mixed with lime. Horned melons are known to resist many of the common pests and diseases that most other melons suffer from.

Plant kivano seeds in late spring, when temperatures are warmer and the last frost is over. It is best to use a trellis or something similar to allow the vine to climb. If it’s not quite warm enough outside, you can light horned melons inside, but postpone them as soon as the temperature allows. Plant the seed about 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep. Sow in groups of three, keeping these clusters 18 inches apart. Pour well and wet the soil to within an inch.

There are many plants that grow well with horned melon, including: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, sunflower, lettuce, and parsley.

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Growing a tasty treat known to be resistant to many pests and diseases