It says not to water overhead and I don't, but I've always wondered- since it...

Asked June 3, 2015, 6:41 AM EDT

It says not to water overhead and I don't, but I've always wondered- since it rains here in the summer, doesn't that count for watering overhead? Does that hurt the cantaloupe, then?

Chester County Pennsylvania fruits and vegetables cantaloupe horticulture

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The reason for not watering overhead is to inhibit the spread of disease spores. The spores of many common plant diseases are spread by splashing water. Rain also spreads spores as part of nature's cycle. We try to minimize the effect of rain by mulching the bare soil to keep it from splashing up onto the leaves. If you do water overhead, it is best to do so early in the day so the leaves get dry before nightfall.