Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Organic Summer Watermelons
Before planting your watermelon seeds in your garden, keep in mind that this fruit thoroughly prefers hot to warm and humid climates. It is a widely known fact that watermelons are unable to grow in mild and cool temperatures. To make sure your seeds have the optimum growth and prevent germination, make sure to plant them when temperatures reach a minimum of 70 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors. Also, watermelon plants thrive in areas where they are fully exposed to the sun and they require good circulation in order to grow properly. Choose a site that will be able to provide the plant with as much sunlight as possible, for as long as possible throughout the entire day. Make sure to also choose a planting site that will avoid chilly winds, as watermelon vines are very tender and easily break when exposed to frost or cold temperatures.
Planting the Seeds
After finding the perfect, sunny spot to grow your fruit, you are now ready to plant your watermelon seeds. A good tip to follow in growing melons is to dig some organic fertilizer into the soil and make sure that the soil you plant your seeds in is slightly sandy and very well-drained. It is recommended that you buy watermelon seeds to plant versus purchasing seedlings at a nursery because watermelons are not able to grow properly when transplanted. When planting your seeds, place them in a hole that is about two feet around and one foot deep. Also remember that watermelons must be planted at least three feet apart, and some farmers and gardeners even prefer to lay them 12 feet apart! The distance between each planted seed varies depending on which type of watermelon you purchase. This is because different varieties of melons grow to be different sizes, thus they require different spacing requirements. After you decide where to plant your seeds and how far to space each of them, add some more fertilizer right before planting them, even if you had already previously placed some organic fertilizer in the same location.
Care and Upkeep
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