Get the whole family involved in gardening by growing awesome giant watermelons.
You can buy the fruit, but growing your own gives you the ability to control size and flavor. Creative gardeners treat it as a fun and educational way to grow summer treats.
Mouth watering and thirst quenching, watermelons are perfect for hot summer days, parties, picnics, and much more.
It Starts With a Seed
They’re big. They’re delicious. And they’re not as difficult to grow as you’d expect!
- If you live in warmer climes, you can sow seeds directly outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 70°F to avoid poor germination.
- Sow watermelon seeds 1/2 inch deep. Place in a sunny south-facing window or under lights to germinate. Make sure the area is warm
- Give the plants enough space. place each watermelon hill 3-4 feet apart from the other and plant each row of hills 8 feet apart.
- Mix compost with the planting soil at a 1 to 3 ratio and form into hills about 12 inches tall to create the rich, loose soil that watermelons love.
- Only plant watermelons where they will receive at least 8 hours of sun per day.
- Keep soil moist, but not waterlogged. Water at the vine’s base in the morning, and try to avoid wetting the leaves and avoid overhead watering.
- For the sweetest flavor, reduce watering as the fruit gets bigger -- at the very end, the vines can be allowed to dry out to the point where they are slightly wilted.