One of the major reasons why I so eagerly look forward to summer is Watermelons. These large, round fruits are nature’s very own, very delicious dessert! And, they’re a great source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C.
Watermelons do best in locations that offer full sun in addition to shelter from the wind. Most varieties of watermelon require wide open spaces for their success. But that doesn’t mean you can’t grow watermelons if you’re short on space. Sugar Baby Watermelon is one variety that does remarkably well in limited spaces. These wonderful watermelons can be spaced 3-5 feet apart and have compact vines that produce plenty of 6-10 lbs fruits. Watermelons relish light, fertile soil with good drainage. I’d recommend incorporating plenty of organic material to the soil at the planting site. You can plant watermelon seeds directly in the ground when the soil temperature is about 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Refer the instructions on the seed package for the right planting depth and spacing.
Newly planted watermelon seeds call for careful irrigation. Make sure the soil remains moist at all times. Remember, presence of excessive moisture can slow down seed germination. Slightly increase the water application after the plants develop a pair of true leaves. The vines will be out and running within 2 weeks of planting. Pinching off the tips of the vines is a great way of encouraging branching. The vines are pretty easy to control too. You can just move the tips of the vines and guide them in the desired direction.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as harvesting watermelons from your own garden. On second thought, there is – eating the watermelons you’ve picked from your own garden!