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How to Grow Your Own Watermelons

How to Grow Your Own Watermelons

Watermelons are similar to other melons and vine crops in that they need a long, hot growing season. For most of us that means a greenhouse so that can start the season early. Even in the southern counties you will need to start the seeds indoors so that you get a long enough time outside to produce the large fruit. The vines are long making this one fruit that probably is best in greenhouse bed or protected place outdoors rather than a container.  

Insects and Diseases

The usual problems with large leafed plants also affect the watermelon. Fungus and mildew are problems in warm humid conditions and aphids can strike as well. Watch the vines carefully as they grown and make sure that the developing fruit does not sit on wet soil which can cause problems too

To Harvest Watermelons

The watermelons turn a dark green when they are maturing and the vines tend to wilt. Tap the watermelon and if you get a hollow sound the melon is ripe. If it sounds dense you need to wait another day or two. Snip the melon from the vine and put any dead vine into the compost 

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