Though we had an early start to the planting and growing season this year, it seems like I was still rushed a bit to get things planted in the garden. Life had me rushing to and fro and fitting everything in when and where I could, so the garden got planted some days while on autopilot. What that meant was that some things never got labeled and I couldn't quite recall what they were. Time would tell...
A few weeks ago, I was working in the garden and noticed the melon plants had germinated and put up their cotyledons, and some of their true leaves. I knew I'd planted two hills of watermelon and two hills of muskmelon, but couldn't remember which was which. It didn't really matter, anyway. I knew the muskmelons would grow on the muskmelon plants and the watermelons on the watermelon plants and that's all that counted.
But what was this? Yellow spots on the leaves of two of the hills of melons. Oh dear. We'd had plenty of rain this spring, more than usual. Is that what was causing the yellow spotting? Or was it some sort of disease?
And then it dawned on me. These were the watermelon plants. I'd been given seeds for 'Moon & Stars' watermelon at the plant swap at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March, and the leaves were supposed to look like this! 'Moon & Stars' is an heirloom variety that has dark green skin with tiny yellow speckles (stars) surrounding a larger one (moon) and the foliage is speckled, too.
Seed Savers Exchange.