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melon companions

 
shawn dunseith
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Im on the line between zones 5b and 6a, and get 38-40 inches of precipitation. im planting on a small flat area with partial shade and decent soil.

What are some companion planting options for melons?

gonna get some comfrey but not sure what else to put in with em
 
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I wonder if you might consider the melons to be like the winter squash in the classic Three Sisters pattern, and so include a tall plant (corn, sunflower, okra, amaranth.....) and a climber (beans, climbing cowpeas...) to make the patch three dimensional and give multiple yields. I find that different plants can be substituted into this pattern depending on their growth habit. The only question would be whether the melons (which I think are originally an African and South Asian floodplain ruderal) can tolerate the partial shade resulting from including the others. Sounds like a good experiment....
 
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I think give the 3 sisters a try

I might try melon, sunflower,and some snap peas with comfrey and marigolds mixed in somewhere
 
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I don't think snap peas would thrive in the summer season when the melons and sunflowers would be growing, unless you are quite high up or have a cool summer. They are more of an early spring thing, planted as soon as hard freezes and snow are gone.
 
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