What are the pros? deer & disease resistant
What are the cons? need gloves & long sleeves
LOVE this plant! 2nd year gardener, 2 year old plot, minimal amendments, heavily mulched, no supplemental water once transplants established, zone6. It's survival of the fittest in my garden, no sprays, minimal weeding & watering, occasional hand picking of bugs. Got a late start, but quickly caught up with other melons I tried,give it plenty of room it will smother anything within 8ft, loves to climb. Grown next to a melon that succumbed to powdery mildew, vines even overlapping, and this one wasn't affected at all. Bees loved it, pests didn't, and it was the only thing the deer didn't touch. Not only do the fruits have spines (which I easily removed with my thumbnail), but the vines are prickly too, like some fuzzy cacti (or fiberglass, lol). 4 plants, 5 months, 4 shopping bags of melons& still setting fruit in Oct after several frosts. Sweet juice, my 3 yr old liked it straight. Good keepers too, 2 months and the dead ripe ones are still good. Beautiful too!Will always grow this!
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