Have you ever wondered how to grow watermelons? Well, I know a thing or two about growing watermelons.
I learned it all from my grandpa. He used to grow some of the best watermelons in Texas!
Watermelons are one of the best things to grow in your summer garden. There’s nothing better for summer than a nice cold, super sweet watermelon to make a hot summer day fun.
Oh, and plus this summer fruit is super easy to grow.
Watermelons like the heat and should not go into the ground before the ground reaches 70 degrees. To be sure they are safe, wait two weeks until after the last frost so you can be certain that your watermelons will stay warm.
Prepare your soil for your watermelons by mixing in plenty of fresh compost.
Here’s a cool tip for growing watermelons: place black trash bags over your garden beds to warm the soil faster so you can plant your watermelons sooner.
Space your watermelons 3 to 5 feet apart to give them plenty of room to spread. Once you have planted your watermelons use floating row covers to keep insects out and help trap warm air around your plants.
This will protect them from the cold and help them thrive even if the night temperatures drop below 60 degrees.
Often, first-time watermelon growers freak out when the male flowers sprout and fall off.
Do not worry and wait patiently until your vines are producing both male and female flowers. At this point, you want to remove the row covers to allow for pollination.
As your fruits grow, lift them off the ground with baskets or put them on cardboard. This will help prevent the watermelon from rotting when the rain soaks the soil and protects them from insects.
Feed the watermelon throughout the season to help them grow large and juicy.
Adovid harvesting your watermelon to early. The best watermelon has a deep yellow field spot and plenty of sugar spots.
While your watermelon may not look too pretty by the time you harvest they will be extra sweet and tasty.
Harvesting before they are truly ready can leave you with a watery bitter tasting watermelon.