Native to Central Asia and Africa, melons are a vining sprawling annual plant in the cucurbit family that love heat and sufficient moisture. Melons are very sensitive to cold so it’s best to start the seeds indoors a couple of weeks before the last spring frost and transplant carefully once things have warmed up or wait to plant directly outside only once the soil has warmed and all risk of frost is past. Ripeness is critical for the best tasting melon and some varieties will easily “slip” from the vine when ripe, others require cutting. The delightful smell of a ripe melon is often a great indicator of ripeness as well as changes in the skin colour. As our summers get hotter, melons have had a few standout seasons.