I am looking for information on how to grow watermelons.
James from Las Animas, Colorado
I'm not sure your climate will support watermelons: they like it hot, humid, and rainy. If you can grow them, they are very easy. I used to throw seeds in pine straw and leave them alone and they came up all by themselves. It really is up to Mother Nature. One oddity about watermelons: the vines always go north to south so plant them so they can spread that way.
How can I grow sweeter watermelons? My soil is sandy and alkaline.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By pecanblondie from Las Cruces, NM
Protect it from what? Let it grow, then eat it! If it gets bugs, use an organic spray to rid them. If it gets a powdery mildew (which they are susceptible to), use Serenade disease control (it's organic). But other than that, let it grow and enjoy it.
How do you know when to pick watermelon? How big does it need to be?
Went out to my garden last night to check my watermelon and made a discovery. One of the melons that grew first had a dead vine. It popped right off. The melon didn't sound hollow nor was the bottom yellow but I took it inside. After cleaning it up and cooling it off we cut it open and it was definitely ripe. Tasty little thing with lots of seeds. So if you look over your melons and you notice the vine has died or is about dead you should probably pick it.
As a note: all the other melons still had good vines on them and I left them for now.
I couldn't figure out what was eating the flowers on my watermelon and green peppers until I caught a squirrel eating them, even though I use a fence along with rabbit and squirrel deterrent spray. The only thing that helped in the past was a pantyhose leg over the plant flowers. That looks kind of tacky, though. Are there any other ways to keep the squirrel from getting to the plants and eating the flowers?
If you have a dog or cat, after groomimg put animal hair around your plants this sometimes helps keep wild animals away.
I planted some Bonnie Blue crimson red watermelon plants about a week ago. The leaves are turning white on them now. What is the problem?
It sounds like "sunburn". If you did not acclimate the plants to the sun, and planted them directly in the sun, the leaves can suffer. Luckily, the plants should recover. You can always rig up a little sun shade for them (like a tent) for a few days, if they still look to be suffering. In the future, bring the plants home, then put them in a place where they will only get an hour or two of direct sunlight each day, then gradually move them to where they will get more sun, over the course of a week or two (or build them a "tent", and keep them covered for less time each day).
I have two questions about growing watermelon. We have a small watermelon growing in our garden. What do I do to protect it? I remember reading something about a milk jug, but don't remember the specifics. Also, how do I know when its ready to be picked?
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Amy from Austin, TX