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Friday, July 19, 2019 big moon Bethlehem CT

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The thunder showers have all missed us and we have been very dry. THe lawns around here are all dormant or going dormant. THey will be fully brown after this weekend. With temps in the mid 90's and a heat index of 110. I have decided to nurse my four watermelon plants through this weekend by hand watering everyday. I have the melon patch in the middle of a big field. No access to water. I hope we get some rain soon. The melons look good. I am down to four 175 Ciesielski '19 plants, two are on Shintosa and two on Bushel gourd. I lost my plant on C. ficifolia, I have had poor results with C. fic. The grafts don't like to take and then if they do take they fail to thrive like the BG or Shintosa. I have some nice variation in shape, size and color. I will get some pictures up at some point. I am only growing one melon per plant so I hope to see some bigger sizes this year. I have put very little time into them so far. The plants are growing on plastic and are being trained to be long and skinny. It has mad it easier for culling melons as I don't have to walk into the center of a wide plant. The current plant dimensions are about 30' long and 6' wide. I have been turning all the vines in to help keep the melons on the 12' wide sheet of plastic. So far I am pleased with how they are doing with such little effort.

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