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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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young and tender plant from drying up, in a dry time, as it is
apt to do, should you have the fertilizer too near the top.
I get these hills prepared as early in the spring as possible,
then they are all ready to plant, as soon as the weather permits.
I usually begin planting about the 15th of May, and have planted
as late as the 15th of June. I always plant plenty of seeds, hav-
ing from 8 to 10 plants in each hill; because the bugs are apt to
destroy part of them, planting the seeds from 1 inch to 1½/2
deep. As soon as I finish planting the ground that is in hills,
I mark the ground where I have my radishes, the other way and
plant that. The radishes make these melons about two weeks
later than those in the hills, so that I do not rush them all onto
the market at the same time.
Now the land where I plant my Osage and Honey Dew, I plow
in narrow lands about 16 feet wide, so as to drain it well in a
wet time; as this land is somewhat springy, and the Osage and
Honey Dew seem to do much better on this kind of land, since
they will not dry out and so grow much larger.
I also furrow this as I did for the Gems, putting 3 furrows on
each land, mark it crossways and mix the hills in the same way,
only I mark the rows 4 feet apart crossways instead of 3 feet as
I did with the Emerald Gems. As soon as I finished planting,
I begin cultivating crossways, to fill up the furrows between the
hills. If we happen to have a hard rain that forms a crust be-
fore the seeds are up I have men rake over each hill with a
common garden rake, this kills all the little weeds, just starting
around the hills and gives the tender plant a better chance to
come through.
As soon as the plants are through the ground, we must watch
very carefully for the striped bugs and little black fleas, also
for the cut worms, for these are our worst enemies in raising
melons. The striped bugs and little black fleas can be kept off
the young plants by keeping them well dusted with land plaster
and ashes, but I have found no remedy for the cut worm.
As soon as the danger from bugs is over, we thin out the
weaker plants and the last time we hoe thin down to two or
three plants in each hill.
Of course we all know the more we cultivate the faster and
more thrifty the plant grows and it also prevents the soil from
drying out. T always cultivate my melons as long as it is per

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