Collective Farm Woman Melon
Marina Danilenko of Moscow, Russia helped Seed Savers Exchange obtain the seed of this Ukrainian heirloom melon. The original source of the seed was a woman from a collective farm. It was introduced to American gardeners in 1993. Melons were developed and domesticated in Africa and Asia. Europeans settling in the Americas are recorded growing honeydew and casaba melons in the 17th century.
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Melons are traditionally eaten raw or fresh. Top a slice of melon with a dash of salt and serve with any meal or on its own!
Melon pairs nicely with both sweet and savory flavors so you can combine it with other fruits in a salad or toss with mint, feta, and cured pork or bacon.
Instructions - Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Nice sweet little melon
These are wonderful small semi-sweet (they’re like a honeydew) melons. I’ve grown these for a few years. The seeds germinated well and the plants were healthy. The leaves/vines on these smaller melon plants do not take over the garden. I like growing the smaller melon varieties since we live in Northeast Ohio & have a shorter growing season. I use trellises & tomato cages (round sturdy type) to help small melons grow vertically. I’ve kept these melons on the counter for a few weeks in an air conditioned house & didn’t have any problems. It’s nice to have these melons after the others are gone.
Collective Farm Woman Melon is a success in Texas
I am in South Texas and my Collective Farm Woman melons are going crazy - can't wait for them to ripen I must have 25 melons in various sizes on my 2 vines - climbing fence spreading on ground, no powdery mildew or insect damage - bees in abundance - I am so impressed with this melon can't wait to eat one
My absolute favorite
My absolute favorite. Has done well for many years in eastern Montana. Great flavor but not over the top. Good texture too. Size varies on conditions and each vine can produce many fruits.