Why I No Longer Plan to Grow Cantaloupe: Thieves, Bugs, and Disease
By Julie Sews - 1:55:00 PM
|Our garden Sept 2016: Our only cantaloupe that survived was stolen before I could harvest it.|
The only time I had grown cantalopue before was when I accidentally grew a cantaloupe years ago when one self seeded from our compost in our garden. The cantaloupe did fine it grew just one but I caught someone in the act of stealing it from our garden. Our garden is in our front yard and we have a side walk with occasional foot traffic only a few feet away. I usually don't have many problems with people stealing from it but on a rare occasion it happens. I've found it best to have decorative plants that are less likely to attract garden thieves in front. Plants like kale, broccoli, beans, and small peppers.
|Sept 2016: Our diseased cantalopue|
At first our cantaloupe was thriving. It was growing so big I had to trim it back just to fit on our trellises. But then one day I saw a bug in one of the cantaloupes just starting to grow. I took the picture above and looked up what bug it was. Turns out it was a spotted cucumber beetle. Not only does this beetle eat melon and cucumber plants, but they also spread bacterial wilt. Which explains why shortly after my melons and the whole plant started to look diseased after spotting the cucumber beetle feasting on my plants (pictured below).
|Our garden Sept 2016: cantaloupe with bacterial wilt|