Updated on March 13, 2013

2012 Muskmelon, Watermelon, and Citron
(Squash Family)

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2013 Muskmelon

Muskmelon culture:  Plant after danger of frost is past or start indoors 2 weeks prior and set out under cover. We use row cover to prevent insect damage when young. Leave row cover on until flowering begins. We plant 2 to 4 plants in a hill every 6 feet. Packets contain 15 to 30 seeds.

Amarillo Oro:  100 days.  Winter type canary melon, golden, oblong fruit, sweet, creamy white flesh, 4 to 6.5 pounds. Dates to pre-1870. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz. $7.00

Ananas:  85 days.  Oblong, 5 pound fruits, greenish rind maturing yellow-orange, no ribbing, faint net. Flesh is creamy yellow, soft, juicy and sweet. Pre-1900 variety. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz. $7.00

Anne Arundel:  83 days.  Bright green flesh, slightly orange near the center. Very sweet and tasty. Pre-1800 Maryland heirloom. Pkt. $2.00

Ashkahabad:  80 days.  Golden rind, green fleshed, honeydew, 4 to 6 pounds. Holds well after picking. (Unavailable for 2013)

Bursa Turque:  98 days.  Santa Claus type melon, deep yellow with dark, pine green spots, very wrinkled. Pale green, mild flavored flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Does best when ripened in dry, hot weather. Pkt. $2.00

Charentais:  80 days.  True cantaloupe, smooth, light green, thin rind, extremely fragrant, grapefruit sized fruits, 1 to 2 pounds. When ripened during warm, dry weather the fruits are so strong flavored you can smell them several hundred feet away in the garden as they get ripe. Pkt. $2.25

Cochiti Indian Mix:  80 days.  A true mix of flesh colors and skin types. Fruits average 4 to 8 pounds and are best flavored in dry weather. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Cochiti Pueblo:  90 days.  Not very netted, oblong to football shaped, irregularly-shaped melons that can get very large if grown under proper conditions. I picked a 22 pound fruit in 1988 from this variety. Flesh quality is average and flesh is a medium orange color. (Unavailable for 2013)

Crane:  80 days.  Crenshaw type, speckled skin, minimal netting, very fragrant, deliciously mild, sweet flavor, 6 to 7 pounds. Pkt. $2.50

Edens Gem:  80 days.  Small, baseball sized, heavy producer of 1 pound netted fruits with green flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Golden Gopher:  85 days.  Not heavily netted, orange flesh with good resistance to fusarium, developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1930's. Fruits tend to pop open when ripe. (Unavailable for 2013)

Golden Sweet:  80 days.  Crisp white flesh; golden yellow skin. Everyone who has a taste for melons should grow one of these crisp-fleshed types. They are the size of a peach. I eat the skin and all the way to the center seed cavity. Others may choose to peel them. They make a great addition to a fruit salad. (Unavailable for 2013)

Granite State:  83 days.  3 to 4 pound lightly netted fruits with deep orange flesh. Pkt. $1.50

Greely Wonder:  80 days.  Large, semi-netted fruit, super sweet. Fruits average 5 to 7 lbs. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Green Nutmeg:  75 days.  Dates from the mid-1800's. Melons average 2 to 3 lbs and always seem to grow and taste better in cooler conditions. Tasted great when I lived in northern Idaho, just average tasting here in the Midwest. Pkt. $1.75 OG

Ha-Ogen:  85 days.  Beautiful and super tasty. Fruits are yellowish with green ribbing and minimal netting, 2 to 3 pounds. Flesh tastes almost spicy. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Hollybrook Luscious:  90 days.  First introduced in 1905. Dark green, oblong melons that ripen yellow/green. Average 8 to 10 pounds. Flesh is pale orange, aromatic, thick and sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Honey Rock:  85 days.  Small, 2 to 3 pounds, heavy netted, orange fleshed. Pkt. $1.50

Kangold:  75 days.  Heavy, netted, grapefruit sized melon, orange, thick flesh. Pkt. $2.75 OG

Kansas:  90 days.  An heirloom from Kansas. Vigorous vines, great yields of 4 pound, ridged, netted fruit, orange flesh. Pkt. $1.50

Minnesota Midget:  70 days.  Small, shallow ribbed fruits that ripen 1 to 2 pounds and are very tasty. Pkt. $1.50

Oka:  80 days.  Large, 4 to 6 pounds, netted melon, flattened in shape, aromatic, sweet flesh, developed in 1912 in Quebec. Originally a cross between Banana and Montreal Market. Pkt. $1.75

Old West Virginia Heirloom:  85 days.  Lightly netted, very productive, superb flavor, medium size, 3 to 5 pound fruits. Flesh is a bright orange. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) OG

Orange Blush:  85 days.  Honeydew type. Gets a faint orange tint to the white skin when it is ripe. Very flavorful, 3 to 5 pounds. (Unavailable for 2013)

Oregon Delicious:  83 days.  Good yields, flavorful, semi-football shaped, orange flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Petit Gris De Rennes:  80 days.  Beautiful greenish-gold, net free skin when ripe. Flesh is orange and very sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Piel de Sapo:  100 days.  Originally from Spain. Oval, mottled green with yellow skinned fruit, average 5 to 7 pounds, flesh is sweet, pale green to white with a very hard rind. It's always fun to uncover one of these hidden treasures in the weeds way after the melon season has passed. When properly cared for and brought in prior to frost, they will keep in excellent condition in the basement for several months. Pkt. $2.25

Pollock Rocky Ford:  85 days.  A superb melon, orange flesh, 1 to 2 pounds, not overly large but delightfully sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Pride of Wisconsin:  85 days.  Faint ribs, coarse net, thick orange flesh, hard shell, 3 to 5 pounds. Does well in heavy soils. Pkt. $2.00

Sakata's Sweet:  75 days.  Similar to Golden Sweet. Crisp flesh, bright yellow skin, superb taste, about the size of a large apple. May eat skin and all. Pkt. $2.00

Schoon's Hardshell:  85 days.  Thicker rind, holds well, ships well, 5 to 8 pounds, highly flavored orange flesh. Pkt. $1.75

Spear:  85 days.  Large 4 to 6 pounds, football shaped melons, superb tasting orange flesh. Pkt. $1.50

Sugar Salmon:  75 days.  Very sweet, netted, orange flesh melon 3 to 5 pounds. Tolerates most diseases quite well. Pkt. $2.50; 1 oz. $7.00

Susan Healy:  80 days.  A selection made by the Healy family of Healy's Pride. Healy's Pride is very late. Susan Healy is just as flavorful but earlier, 3 to 5 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Tendral Verde Tardif:  90 days.  Dark green, wrinkled rind, pale creamy flesh that is very sweet, good keeping quality, 3 to 5 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Turbeville:  80 days.  Slightly netted, semi-football shape, orange fleshed melons, 2 to 4 pounds. Historic variety. Pkt. $1.50

Turkey:  90 days.  A very old, Southern variety that is an elongated blimp shape. Fruits average 8 to 12 pounds, though can get much larger, orange flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Wapsi Wonder:  75 days.  When I first moved to Iowa I struggled to raise melons as the Cucumber Beetles seemed to spread disease. I'd had loads of young fruit only to see it all perish. My collection of over 100 varieties was in trouble. While I was learning how to deal with these new conditions, I got in the habit of saving seed from the tastiest fruits that survived. The past few years I've stabilized the selection to this melon. It handles our sand well, can be planted as late as July 10 and still make tasty melons in September. Fruits are smallish - 2 pounds at best - somewhat netted and orange fleshed. I cannot certify it to be wilt tolerant, but sure handles it well here. (Unavailable for 2013)

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2013 Watermelon

Watermelon culture:  Unless otherwise noted, all packets contain 15 to 20 seeds. Plant after danger of frost is past or start indoors 2 weeks prior and set out. We recommend covering young plants with milk jugs for a week or so. Most varieties do best if you have a hill of 3 plants every 6 to 8 feet. Blacktail Mountain can be planted closer.

Blackstone:  85 days.  Dark green. Thick rind suitable for pickles, red flesh. Our biggest in 2010 was 48 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Blacktail Mountain:  76 days.  My own development, created while I lived in northern Idaho, a location which has cool 35 to 45 degree nights and short seasons. The fruit is dark green with very faint stripes, flesh is an orange red similar to Sugar Baby. Continuously, it is my earliest type in over 100 varieties grown each season. Fruit averages 6 to 10 pounds. 1 Pkt $1.75; 2 Pkts./$3.00; 1 oz./$7.00 OG

Cannonball:  90 days.  Round in shape as the name implies, solid dark green rind with red flesh, 15 to 20 pounds. Does exceptionally well in drought conditions. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Charleston Gray 133:  90 days.  Long, pale green selection of Charleston Gray, fruits have a pink red flesh. Flesh is firm, sweet and very tasty, 15 to 20 pounds. Don't dismiss this one just because the flesh isn't a dark red. Pkt. $1.50

Cherokee Moon and Stars:  90 days.  A nice 30 to 40 pound, dark green rind with the yellow spotted foliage and fruit. This strain has nice red flesh and is crisp and tasty. Pkt. $2.00

Cole's Early:  80 days.  Small, 9 to 10 pounds, striped melon, high yields on medium length vines, red fleshed. Excellent for watermelon rind pickles. Pkt. $2.00

Colorado Striped Tarahumara:  95 days.  Green rind with broad dark green stripes, oblong shape, orange-pink-yellow flesh varying with the closeness to the rind, 3 to 5 pounds. The melons are rather seedy. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Cream of Saskatchewan:  82 days.  A small 4 to 8 pound striped melon with a very thin rind that has a white sweet flesh . It is very sweet and tasty. Pkt. $2.00 OG

C. S. White Flesh:  85 days.  A superb melon of dark green rind with sweet, cream colored flesh. Excellent quality. Selected by Curtis Showell in 1980. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Early Arizona:  83 days.  Dark green skin, red very sweet flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Pkt. $1.75 OG

Early Jumbo:  82 days.  10 to 15 pound, darkish green, slightly striped melon, deep red flesh with white seeds. Pkt. $1.75

Early Midget:  80 days.  A small, grey-green, faint striped melon with large black seeds, 3 pounds. (Unavailable for 2013)

Early Yates:  83 days.  Grey-green rind, round in shape, pink red flesh, 8 to 12 pounds in size. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Fairfax:  90 days.  Long pale green rind with wavy dark green stripes. Up to 40 pound melons have a pale pink-red flesh. 1 Pkt. $1.50; 1 oz. $4.00

Garrison:  85 days.  A refined version of Garrisonian and Georgia Rattlesnake. Long, striped melons, red flesh, 20 to 25 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Golden Midget:  80 days.  Small fruits turn yellow when ripe. Rather seedy, but valuable genes here for future breeding programs. (Unavailable for 2013)

Halbert's Honey:  88 days.  One of my early friends in the seed saving world was Virgil Johnson who always claimed this was the best. We are finally able to offer this dark green rind, oblong melon with very sweet crisp, pink/red flesh and white seeds. Fruits average 20 to 30 pounds. Pkt. $1.75

Honey Cream:  85 days.  Light green with darker green stripe, round melons with yellow/orange flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Karpas Greek:  100 days.  Semi-oblong in shape. Rind is a blend of medium green with dark green stripes, deep red flesh, 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.50 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Jubilee:  90 days.  Oblong, striped fruit, 30 to 40 pounds, red fleshed. Pkt. $1.50

Ledmon:  85 days.  An excellent melon with superb flavor, 15 to 20 pounds. Rind is extremely thin so it does not ship well. Flesh is a pinkish-red color. Has a very long history that you may inquire about if interested. Pkt. $2.50

Long Moon and Stars:  95 days.  Late season selection of Moon and Stars that I selected for some years ago. Fruits are long and grow slowly and ripen late. Pale red flesh, 20 to 25 pounds. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz./$10.00

Luscious Golden:  85 days.  Deep green rind with golden orange flesh, 10 to 15 pounds. Very good quality, long in shape. Pkt. $1.50

New Hampshire Midget:  76 days.  Small vines, very productive with pale green, slightly striped fruits about the size of your hand, pale red flesh. Rind is very thin, quality is good when picked young. Overripe it is of low quality. This variety nearly became extinct as all commercial suppliers suddenly stopped carrying it in the early 1990's. Pkt. $2.50 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Orangeglo:  85 days.  Superb tasting. Oblong striped melon with super sweet orange flesh. Fruit averages 15 pounds. (Unavailable for 2013 )

Orange Flesh Tendersweet:  90 days.  Medium, light green rind with dark green stripes, deep orange flesh, white seeded, 35 to 45 pound melons. Pkt. $1.50

Petite Yellow:  80 days.  Small, mottled, striped, small seeds, yellow fleshed. Very tasty. Pkt. $1.75

Pride of Iowa (a.k.a. Iopride):  95 days.  Dark green skin with darker green stripes, pink red flesh, tan seeds. Pkt. $2.50

Royal Golden:  85 days.  The perfect melon for those who want to be sure to know how to pick a ripe melon. Melons turn bright yellow to light orange (skin) when they are ripe. Flesh is red, tender and sweet. Fruits weigh 10 to 15 pounds. (SOLD OUT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2013 SEASON)

Scaley Bark:  90 days.  Mottled green, thick rind, medium red flesh, very old history. Pkt. $2.00

Striped Georgia Giant:  100 days.  Light green with dark green stripes, pink red flesh, 30 to 50 pounds. (Unavailable for 2013)

Sweet Siberian:  85 days.  Elliptical shaped, medium dark green rind. Fruits are 4 to 6 pounds with apricot orange flesh. (An old Oscar Will variety). Pkt. $1.75 OG

Texas Giant:  94 days.  A large dark green thick rind, red flesh, Black Diamond type, 40 to 50 pounds. Pkt. $1.50

Wibb:  85 days.  A superb type that has very deep red flesh. Fruits average 10 to 12 lbs. Those who feel watermelon has to be deep red will like this one. Pkt. $2.00

Wills Sugar:  90 days.  Round, medium green skin, pale red flesh, 10 to 14 pounds. (An old Oscar Will variety) Pkt. $1.50

Wilson Sweet:  85 days.  A uniquely colored melon that we are pleased to offer again to the public after many years of being out of circulation. We were thrilled when a customer sent us a sample of this variety which I'd only seen a picture of in a 1961 seed catalog. The rind is somewhat mottled in appearance giving it excellent sunburn resistance. The 10 to 20 pound melons have solid, firm, super sweet red flesh. (Unavailable for 2013)

Wondermelon:  93 days.  Oblong, dark green, 25 to 40 pound melons, white seeded with pink red flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Yellow Fleshed Moon and Stars:  90 days.  A fabulous moon and stars type. Oblong melons weigh 30 to 40 pounds and have a pale yellow flesh. Yields are high and quality stays up for a long time. Pkt. $2.00

Yellow Sugar Lump:  85 days.  Small striped fruit, 6 to 8 pounds. Pale lemon yellow flesh. Thin rind. Pkt. $2.50 OG

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2013 Citron Melon (Watermelon)

Citron melon notes:  Really a watermelon, but used differently. The flesh is pale yellow-white and is used to make a product used in fruit cake, etc. Packet will contain 15 to 25 seeds.

A Confire A Graine Verte:  100 days.  A green seeded type, averaging 10 to 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

D'Espagne a Confiture:  100 days.  A red seeded type, averaging 10 to 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Mixed Citron:  Mixture of red and green seeded types plus several other strains. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Red Seed Citron:  90 days  Great for candied citron. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Citron Melon Recipe:  Peel and seed enough citron melon to make 2 quarts of 1/2 inch cubes. In a six quart non-aluminum pot (I use one with a strainer insert.), bring 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water to a boil. Then add the 2 quarts of melon cubes and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand overnight. Drain and reserve 1 cup of liquid. Pour the 1 cup of liquid back into the same pot and add 1 1/2 cups sugar and the juice of one citrus fruit of your choosing (lemon, orange, or lime) plus some of the grated rind of the fruit you choose. (Do not use too much rind or it will be bitter.) Bring this mixture to a boil and then add the cooked melon pieces back into the boiling mixture. Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed stirring frequently to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Drain off the remaining liquid in a strainer. Roll the pieces of cooked citron melon in granulated sugar. Lay the pieces out on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and allow to air dry. The drying process can take several days. Turning the pieces occasionally will help them to dry quicker and more evenly. When pieces are dry store in air-tight container in the refrigerator. May be used in fruit cookies, fruit cake, sweet breads, muffins, etc.

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