Melon plants can be grown in the greenhouse or outdoors. The plants can be grown up frames, obelisks and arches. They can also be grown along the ground but are more vulnerable here to being attacked from slugs and other ground pests. As the melons grow and swell they may become too heavy for the plant to support and risk falling to the ground when fully ripe and being bruised and attacked. Any melons close to the ground are also best supported to prevent them touching the ground, especially if grown outdoors.
Melons have a high water content so they need to be watered regularly through the growing season. When the flowers have set give the plants a weekly feed of liquid seaweed fertiliser as the melons swell. With melon plants in the greeenhouse keep the humidity high by spraying the floor with water.
There are several ways of supporting the melons including buying melon nets from ebay or a cheap way of using tights as described here.
Make a hammock with the pantie section to hold the melon and place the melon in it.