To keep melons – and squash – from spoiling because of bugs, critters,
and ground moisture, I suggest the following:
The very best thing to do to keep melons and squash from being ruined
on the bottom is to KEEP THE GROUND DRY, and move & turn the fruit
Putting hay or straw beneath the fruit helps to keep it off the
ground, and usualy reduces the moisture reaching the fruit, but offers
a dark and damp hiding place for bugs, especially if there is any
moisture present in the soil surface.
The first and best line of defence is a CLEAN, DRY garden.
If your garden receives rain too often to keep the aisles dry I
recommend you create a small re-usable wire mesh stand to keep the
fruit off the ground. Does anyone have any experience – or is anyone
creative enough to do it and show the rest of us how? Please respond!