Watermelon?

Hi, Live in northeast Florida and basically have sand for my soil. Put down several bags of compost to form a hill, planted watermelon seed, and expected with fertilizer to reap a bountiful harvest. Getting a few watermelons but some of them seem to develop rot from laying on the sand and the scrap grass. Should I have put down some weed inhibiting layer before the watermelons started to grow and keep them on the material after they sprouted? Bob
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Bob Gillespie said:

Probably you should have mulched and weeded. You might also consider slipping something under the watermelons when they first form. I used to use a floor tile. Anything that will prevent ground contact and let the area under the fruit drain would work.
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Thanks for the tile advise. Will do much better next year. I've put some small seed starter trays under the few watermelons that still look OK.
Bob

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