First melon patch and pumpkin patch
Hello, I recently moved to a home with a bigger growing space. We are going to be planting a melon patch for the first time- I have never grown melons before. I have been reading a ton of information and a lot of it is conflicting. I don't have any misconceptions about being able to grow award winning melons my first year; I just want to grow something good to eat and avoid unnecessary pest problems.
I grow organically and have read that melons attract a lot of problems. I am 7a in Virginia, and the farmers around here complain about aphids and raccoons in the melon patches.
I was just hoping someone with experience can steer me in the right direction so I can avoid some mistakes early on. The patch for melons is about 15 x15 and another patch near it, 15X 15 for winter squash. Any advice you have would be much appreciated. My learning curve has been steep so far! Especially spacing, how many can I fit in this space without cluttering and attracting more pests?
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