Can\'t grow melons? Use this Black melon mulch and Greg\'s Melon tricks to increase your success. First prepare your soil where you are going to lay the mulch. Once you have rototiled your fertilizer into your soil: I suggest 5 lbs of Blood meal and 5 lbs of greensand or 5 lbs kelp meal. Then stake down a soaker hose down the center of the bed using U shaped metal stakes to hold in place. Cover with the black melon mulch, stake it down with the metal stakes and you are ready to plant. After your plants have six leaves cut a small slit, about 4\" every two feet down the center along the soaker hose and plant your transplants. To really get a jump on things you can use solar umbrellas, walls of water or cut the bottoms out of 1 gal plastic milk jugs for cool nights. During the growing season I spray neptunes fish and seaweed 1oz per gallon every 10 days. The melon mulch keeps the ground warm and also warms the water to keep the melons growing fast. Use Fastbreak or any early melon. There is nothing as sweet as a vine ripe melon. We live a 2500' with only 85 frost free days with cool nights and had 63 cantalopes and 36 watermelons using this method in 2005.