I'm new to gardening, and after a fairly successful first attempt, im
expanding and experimenting this year. I have an area i have set
aside to try my hand at growing watermelons this year. Does anyone
have any advice? Common mistakes to watch out for? Any halp is
Interpret "Lots" to mean "Vast amounts" and not just a little area. By
the end of the season, I'm usually moving watermelon vines anywhere
there's room. They race to the edges of the garden, tiptoe through the
tomatoes, and cover the ground.
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As I'm doing melons this year for the first time myself, I also appreciate
the answers. I only planted 1 of each(cantaloupe/honeydew/watermelon)
because I know I'll get enough from those. I always start them indoors a few
weeks before the weather is decent enough to plant them outside, so they're
A: going to have enough warm outside weather to finish growing since only
have like 2 or 3 months of a growing season here, and B: they're
established/'strong' enough to handle the transplant. I tried to do this
last year, but when it was time to transplant, I put one of the pots on the
porch/patio ledge and went inside to get the others and a chicken pecked the
stalk/stem clean in half. I was so upset...anyways, hope your plants thrive
I'm no expert, but I'd suggest planting a small melon variety. They would
reach maturity faster than the full-sized monsters, and by growing 4 or
5 small ones instead of one monster, you'd not be putting all your eggs
in one basket, so to speak. Protect from goats, sheep, rats, and hail
storms. The seedless melons have gained popularity here, for a number of
reasons. The flesh is firmer, and the cut melon keeps perfectly for a
longer period than does a melon with seeds.
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Thanks to everyone for the helpful advice. I hope i didn't jump the
gun and plant too early. its nice and warm during the day, but its
still a little chilly overnight. I planted 3 different types of
watermelon: one is supposed to grow fruits up to 14 lbs, one is
supposed to grow fruits 20 to 25 lbs, and the others were seeds my
mother-in-law saved from watermelons she cut up for my kids last
summer. (the kids planted some of the seeds in pots on the window
sill and they sprouted, so we'll see what they do in the garden.)
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