Tips For Growing Watermelons

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Watermelons are always a crowd favorite.

The fruit by itself is very sweet and refreshing.

So if you are looking for the perfect summer snack to grow in your garden or simply wanting to add something great to it then watermelon would be a wonderful choice.

Here are some tips and steps on how to ensure that your watermelon thrive in the garden.

 

  1. Watermelons come in all sizes ranging from three pounds to seventy pounds. Their flesh can also be red, or yellow. These are all things to consider while looking into what kind of watermelon you may want to plant. Be sure to plant something you can store and also something you would enjoy. You also need to consider whether or not to plant seeds or transplants. Keep in mind that seeds require soil temperature of seventy degrees to germinate. This is possible in a cooler climate if you grow them inside.

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  1. Choosing a location is a very important part in this process. Watermelon love sun, in fact they need at least six hours of it every day so make sure to pick a sunny spot. They also have a lot of long vines that spread. So try to allot about four to six feet per individual watermelon plant. If you are planting a variety of mini watermelon then the amount of space needed decreases. Take these conditions into mind and your watermelon will be set to thrive!

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  1. Before doing anything to the soil to prepare it directly for watermelon you must make sure that all signs of past vegetation are gone. After this, till the soil to remove any tightly packed clumps of earth. To really improve the soil you can add compost while you till the top layers of it. Then take into consideration how much drainage your soil gets. Watermelons prefer soil that is well drained. To test this you can observe your soil a while after it gets exposed to a lot of water, such as after a downpour of rain. If the soil has puddles of water in it then the drainage will not be sufficient. The balance of the pH is also important. Watermelons prefer a pH of 6 to 6.8 so testing this can be a big help.

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  1. Before embedding the seeds in the earth it is important to form mounds, or small hills, of earth to embed them in. This is beneficial seeing that it ensures that the soil is loosened up enough for the growth of the roots, that oxygen flows easily, and that there is a good drainage of water from the soil.

  1. Planting is quite simple. Just poke a hole that is about an inch deep into the soil and put one to four seeds in it. Then push dirt back on top of the seeds and lightly pack it.

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  1. Germination and sprout appearance should occur about seven to ten days after planting. Be sure to keep the area around the seeds moist during germination and also water once a day after sprouting. When the seedlings appear remove the weakest ones and leave the two strongest of each plot. This ensures that resources go to the strongest plants.

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  1. Mulching the area keeps weeds out, keeps moisture in, and ensures that the plants will not overheat. You should mulch when the plants get to about four inches high and the best materials for this would be pine straw, lawn fabric, or compost.

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  1. When you see that the flowers are blooming, it is time to cut back on the watering. Watermelons do not particularly like water so when you see flowers you should water about once every three days. Make sure to always keep the foliage and flowers dry. On hot days you may notice some wilting. This is not usually a big deal but if you notice it during the evening when things have cooled down then you should water intensely. Take into consideration that the sweetness of the watermelon can be increased if you hold off on water about a week before harvest. Make sure to pay attention to the vines if you choose to do this. Make sure that they do not wilt.

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  1. There are ways to know for sure whether or not a watermelon is ready to harvest. One of these ways is to thump the watermelon. If you get a dull noise in reply then it has ripened. Also, usually the watermelons are ready when the underside has turned a light yellow color. Last, near the stem of the watermelon there is a tendril. When this tendril has been dried out then it is ready to harvest.

  1. The last thing you do is cut the watermelon off the vine. These freshly harvested watermelons should keep for approximately ten days.

 

 

 

 

-My Yard Garden

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