FoodProduction101

How to plant watermelon

May 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Melons

Wednesday 5-9-2012

Watermelons are a great treat on a hot summer day. I am growing a couple of different varieties this year. Stone Mountain is a Georgia heirloom that produces thirty pound fruits, and Oh So Sweet is a Texas heirloom that like the name says, has a high sugar content. I plant four sowings of watermelon at approximately 2 week intervals to try to lengthen the amount of fresh watermelon we can harvest.

 

Tools & materials needed?

Pointed hoe, metal rake, watermelon seed, compost, long handled shovel, tape measure

  

Timing?

You should plant your watermelon in the late spring and early summer when the soil and air temperatures are warm. I am a little early here, but this is my first of four sowings, so I can afford to gamble a little.

 

Soil type?

Watermelon likes heavily composted or manured moist soil, with lime.

 

Companions watermelon loves?

Corn, radish, beans

 

Depth?

Watermelon seed is a medium sized seed that requires a depth of 1/2 inch. 

 

Spacing?

Watermelon should be planted in 12 inch diameter, 4 inch high hills spaced 8 feet apart from the other hills in all directions. I plant 8 seeds in each hill, and thin to 4 plants in each hill when the dominant plants become obvious. I also try to get each plant to grow in a different direction so they don’t get too tangled up with one another. You do need a fair amount of space to grow watermelon.

 

How to plant the seed?

1. I mulch my garden, so I first take my metal rake and pull the mulch away from the area I am going to make my hills.

                                                                               

2. I make 12 inch diameter hills that are 4 inches high with good organic compost set 8 feet apart from one another.

 

3. I plant 8 seeds ½ inch deep in each hill.

 

4. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the pointed hoe to connect the seed to the soil.

 

5. I push the mulch back over the planted area to inhibit weed growth. I am not worried about the watermelon seed making it through the mulch.

 

6. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.

 

 

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