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Saturday, July 18, 2020 big moon Bethlehem CT

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Muskmelons, were put in next to the dog pen. I actually thought they were going to be cucumbers, I had found some spilled seed at the bottom of my seed bin. I figured it would be nice to have some cucumbers close to the house. I can't tell the difference between melon seed or cucumber, once they started growing I knew they were melons because the plants displayed the rounder edged leaves of the melon. Cucumber leaves are pointed at the tips usually. Muskmelons AKA canteloupes are one of the toughest to grow due to wilt problems. I have found grafted rootstock really doesn't even help. The only solution is new soil. Disease free soil that hasn't had cucumbers on it. This photo is proof of that. I could show you my other melons in the real garden and they are already exhibiting wilt. Wilt usually sets in once you get a fruit load on the plants. These could be my best shot at a muskmelon harvest.

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