Diana has inspired me to grow watermelons. It turns out they are not as hard as I would have thought.
I’ll let you know how it turns out!
1. Plan and Prepare:
Living in Canada I can’t realistically grow at 40b watermelon but I can try a 4 lb. miniature type that will mature in 40-60 days.
I will also have to plant then indoors first so I will need:
- Watermelon seeds (not from grocery store melons you eat- they are hybrid)
- Paper pots and lids
- Good soil
2. Getting them started
- 3 weeks prior to the time when the danger of frost is completely gone (watermelons are sensitive) – stick 2-3 seeds in each pot.
- Keep them warm and moist (if have lids will need very little water)
- Thin out the weaker smaller plants so you have just one sprouted seed per pot
3. Move them outdoors when frost free.
- Plant the pots in well good drained soil at least 4 feet apart, (foliage can grow even bigger) in sunny windless area.
- The pot should go into a hole twice as big as the pot which is filled with good soil and lots of compost.
4. Add loving care:
- Watermelons like lots of sun, water and compost.
- Remove all weeds around as they are watermelon plants are not robust enough when young to compete.
- Watermelons are ready to be harvested when they’re light green and their tendrils are brown and crispy. The green color should be a bit dull, and the bottom should be yellow.
- Pushing your fingernail through the melon should also be difficult.
- Tapping on the watermelon should give a DULL thump.