Cantalopes are easy to grow from seed
(I direct seed
mine). If you get your seed
from a hybrid melon, the plant
probably won't come back true--it will likely revert to one of the parent melons that was used in the hybridization process. If the melon is an heirloom, it probably is not a hybrid and you will be fine. As I said, melons are easy. Work up hills with lots of cow manure, compost, or whatever you choose. Level the top and plant
6 to 8 seeds
per mound. I like to mulch heavily a good way out from each mound with wheat straw so the melons won't make contact with the soil which can cause rot. When the plants
have put on their first true leaves, thin to the best four. About halfway through the season, side dress them with more compost/manure. Keep them well watered and they should reward you with lots of yummy melons!