Hale's Best Jumbo Muskmelon
(Cucumis melo) Old-time favorite developed in 1924 and still popular today. Produces 4-5 pound melons with lights ribs, durable coarse netting and sweet orange flesh. A reliable early variety for home gardeners. 86 days to harvest. 25 seeds per packet.
CULTURE: Direct sow seeds outdoors 2 weeks after last frost, once soil temps have reached 70 degrees. Sow 3-5 seeds per hill with 2 to 4 feet between hills and to 3 to 4 feet between rows. Under ideal conditions germination will occur in 5-8 days. Melons are ready to harvest once the melon "slips" from the vine when gently tugged. Don't leave them too long, however, as ripe melons have a sweet aroma that attracts insects.