All about growing watermelons.
The information contained in this article is information I have obtained from growing watermelons myself, so if you try this and fail miserably- I’m sorry, but you should have followed my instructions better, ha, ha, ha, haaaa!
In 2007 I got an idea that I would grow watermelons and sell them to produce stands, restaurants, and local people in the neighborhood to try and make some extra spending money. I called this venture watermelon world. I was lucky enough to have about three acres of land to grow the watermelons, and plenty of water.
The Big Five
Land is the first thing any prospective watermelon grower needs. Some of my watermelon vines were probably twenty feet across spanning in all directions. You should plan for your watermelon vines to be this big. It is better to have too much space than not enough for the vines to spread out. Even one plant will appear to be taking over your garden if cared for properly.
Secondly, you need a good supply of water. I have two wells and one creek on my property. This may sound excessive, but not if you are planning on growing three hundred plants like I did. I used well water, so I do not know what effects chlorinated water has on watermelons. I am an organic grower, so my advice is to use water with no chemicals in it just to be safe.
Thirdly, I recommend planting watermelon seeds when the temperature is in the mid seventies to mid eighties. If there is snow on the ground, do not plant watermelon seeds!That is unless you have some special hybrid variety that will grow in extreme cold. I can not say for sure with modern day scientific agriculture that these varieties do not exist.
Next you need sand and organic fertilizer. You can grow watermelons using artificial fertilizer but I prefer natural, organic fertilizer like cow manure, and aged chicken litter. The reason you will need sand is because watermelons grow best in sandy soil that allows water to be absorbed easily by the watermelon vine.
Last but not least, you need sunlight. Do not plant your watermelons in the shade. Watermelons will grow in the shade but this could have disastrous affects on non -diseases resistant varieties. I will explain disease resistance in more detail later.
Without these five big elements you should forget about growing watermelons. If you plan to grow only a few, then less land and water will be needed, but sunlight and the correct temperatures are a must have.
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