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There is information on Melons from the Seed TOPIC in the Food section of Troubled Times.  

Prefers full sun; well-drained but damp, sandy, rich soil; neutral pH; short growing season.
1998 Observations
Grower Shekhina found that melon refused to germinate in acid pH soil. Grower Gus had no problem growing both Cantaloupe and Watermellon in neutral pH soil.