Sprinkle Faerie Dust in the Melon Patch

By Susan Littlefield

Summer just wouldn't be summer without enjoying the crisp, sweet taste of watermelon. But if the thought of this delectable treat conjures up the image of a large, oblong fruit with a green rind, think again. The new variety 'Faerie', a 2012 All-America Selections award winner, is a non-traditional watermelon with a creamy yellow rind with thin stripes. Its red-pink flesh has a high sugar content, giving it a delicious, sweet flavor. The globe-shaped, 7-8 inch diameter melons weigh only four to six pounds, making them the perfect size for many families. And the size of the vines is relatively small as well. They get about 11 feet long, making this an easy variety to incorporate into many home gardens.

'Faerie' has good insect and disease tolerance and sets fruits prolifically beginning early in the season, so you can count on an early and ample harvest. Growers in short season areas can get a head start by planting seeds indoors in peat pots 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. In longer season areas, seeds can be sown directly in the garden once the soil is warm and the danger of frost is past.

Look for 'Faerie' seeds at your local garden retailer or from mail-order seed companies. All-America Selections (AAS) winners are new garden seed varieties that have been selected by AAS judges for superior garden performance in impartial, judged trials across the country.

To find out more about 'Faerie' watermelon and other AAS winners, go to: AAS. For a mail order source for seeds, go to: Park Seed.

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