I live in Massachusetts and our growing season is relatively short as far as outdoor gardening goes. I Planted some melons this year and 97% of them were bug infested, rotted, and some got a white growth on the outside (either a disease and or fungus.) Most of the fruits did not even reach maturity. Any suggestions on how to prevent this next year? Please only reply if you have previous or professional experience. Thank you!
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Thank you lisavollrath. I suppose it was mildew and it did effect almost all of the fruits. They were planted in a low spot and water did sit for periods of time. I'll have to look to find some companion plants to keep out the bugs thank you!
+1 for straw. That's what folks around here use to keep their melons from laying in the dirt.
Since I asked this question here I asked some local gardeners what they do and they all said to put straw or mulch underneath them. I'll try the trellis too because it worked great for my cucumbers. I appreciate your answer so thanks!