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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Nelson, Wm.
My experience in raising musk melons,   pp. 163-166 PDF (872.1 KB)


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16  WICONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
1 have only had one year experience with the Honey Dew,
but I find it a very good yielder, also a good seller, owing to its
large size and fine quality; and quality is what we want.
These three varieties each have a deep yellow flesh, fine grain
and arc very sweet. The Osage and Honey Dew arc large sized
melons, and we sell them by the dozen while the Emerald Gem
is a small melon, which we sell by the basket.
The land upon which I raise melons is mostly sand. I plant
the Emerald Gem on the lightest sand, which is very high land
and faces the south, while the Osage and Honey Dew seem to do
better on a lower and heavier sand.
I have net had good suecess with the Osage on the high light
sand where I plant my Emerald Gem, because in a dry time or
dry season they become tought and leathery, also somewhat one-
sided. I usually plant about 4 acres of the Emerald Gems,
putting about half of them in the same ground where I raise
radishes. This land upon which I raise my radishes, I fertilize
very heavily with well rotted horse manure, spread broad-cast;
then plow very deep. plowing clear to the beam, this being the
secret of raising good radishes; because the radish requires a
deep soil, and the deeper the soil is loosened- the longer the
radishes will be. I usually get about $300.00 worth of radishes
rrom this 2 acres.
Now the other 2 acres where I plant Emerald Gems, I fer-
tilize in hills. I plow as you would ordinary ground, harrow tA,
then make deep furrows with the plow about 5 feet apart. Then
I mark across these furrows with a light 3 foot marker, going
across the ground where I already have my radishes sown. This
furrowing with the plow is far ahead of the old fashioned way . f
making hills with a shovel, it being much quicker and better.
These furrows are the same width apart as the wheels on ai
lumber wagon, thus making it convenient in driving through
with the fertilizers, as one wheel ean run in each furrow.
Now in filling these hills, I have two men on the wagon, the
man in front can throw the fertilizer, in the furrow, on each side
of the wagon, while the man 1ehind can fill the two furrows,
in which the wheels run, putting a good fork-full in each hill.
Next using a spade-fork I mix the fertilizer with the sand;
thus.-forming a hill, in the furrow, of course making sure to get
the hill in line with the cross-mark; mix thoroughly and have
at least 3 inches of clear sand on top of the hill to prevent the
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