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So my shade cloth hammocks are working very well. The largest watermelon is about ready to pick and two of my other 7 watermelon have aborted, so I removed those today. The one was about the size of a plum and the other about the size of a small apple. The other five seem to be doing okay.

I have spider mite infestation on my watermelon leaves. I thought I had some rust but as it moved up the plant I realized what it was. I treated with some spinosad powder today. Yesterday I sprayed with neem oil, bt and diomataceous earth mixture that seems to have covered the leaves real well. Hopefully with removal of all the mite covered leaves and the spinosad I will have some success in controlling these things. I'd sure like to get a harvest of watermelon before they succumb to mites.
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Looks like my large watermelon can be picked between the 23rd and 30th of this month. That will be harvest time. I am watching the curly Q going brown to be ready. Each day it is sounding like more of a thud when I tap it.


Sadly I have lost another watermelon due to my error in trimming the spider mite damage. Turns out I cut it's vine by accident. Grr!
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Success!

We picked the watermelon yesterday and hubby put it back in it's sling to hang off a fish scale. Sucker weighs 17 pounds! Yes, I don't think they are supposed to get that big but it is. Yummy and oh so sweet with a extremely bright red interior. It smelled so good and tasted even better.

Remember, this thing hung on a trellis, lol. Yum!
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