Today I want to write about something exotic. About growing watermelons. The majority of us don’t grow watermelons because we think it requires a lot of space and sun that can be a problem in a climate with short summers. However growing and planting watermelons is almost like planting cucumbers: the same requirements and almost the same temperature is needed. But you have to know one secret: grow early and baby or “bush” varieties that requires just about 1/3 of the space and matures within 90 days.
If you have short summers you may want to start growing watermelon indoors. Use individual pots. I recommend to use paper pots (I sell next generation paper pot maker for the lowest price on the Web) as they can be planted directly in the garden with minimal transplant shock. Plant watermelons outside after the last frost. Please note: watermelons are very susceptible to frost damage and even a small frost can kill them.
Before planting watermelons outside you have to prepare place and soil. They require a sunny location, a lot of compost, leaves or manure, well drained soil and protection from cold winds. Add some more compost if heavy rain occurs. Watermelons requires a lot of water. The soil has to be moist at all times.
Plant watermelons in a rows or hills leaving some space between the seedlings.
Watermelons should be ready to pick up about 35-40 days after they are in full bloom. You can tap on the fruit, and listen for a dull thump just to double check.