As far as summer fruit goes, watermelons are always one of the all-time favorites. With a delicious taste and a high water content, it’s not hard to see why this iconic summer snack is beloved by so many!
Have you ever thought of growing your own? It’s not as hard as you might think. Plus, the only thing better than a juicy slice of watermelon, is a freshly homegrown juicy slice of watermelon!
Keep reading to learn all about one of the favorite members of the Cucurbitaceae family.
Planting Watermelon Plants
First things first: planting your watermelon plants!
Did you know that there are two different ways to plant watermelons? This post will walk you through both options, and help you choose the one that works best for you and the climate where you live.
Growing Watermelon Plants
While the hardest part of growing watermelon plants might be over, there’s still some work to do before you can put your hands on the first fruit harvest!
After reviewing your two different planting options, this post reviews elements to keep in mind in terms of watering, feeding, and general care as your plants and fruits mature over time.
You might not know that while planting and growing watermelons isn’t particularly difficult, they do tend to be picky about the kind of soil they thrive in. That means that one of the best things you can do to guarantee a successful harvest is to keep a watchful eye on the soil!
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The unfortunate truth is that like many other plants, watermelon plants are susceptible to pests and diseases. That is especially true if they grow their vines on the ground without trellises or support systems, and accumulate too much moisture.
These posts help you prevent, diagnose, and fix pest and disease problems that you might spot on your watermelon plants.
Plus, remember to find them Companion Plants so that they don’t get lonely!
Now comes my favorite part! It’s time to gather your first harvest.
If you’ve never grown your own watermelons, it might be hard to tell when the fruit is ripe. This post goes over some tips and tricks, which can also be helpful when picking out watermelons in a supermarket or grocery store.
This post is particularly helpful to first-time watermelon growers. Whether you’re growing your watermelon plants in a container or directly in your garden, learn the best way to harvest your watermelons without damaging the plant in the process.
Watermelons in the Kitchen
Learn a great recipe for your watermelon harvest, and why you should feel great about eating it, too!
If anyone has ever claimed that fruits and veggies don’t mix well, you’re about to prove them wrong!
Watermelon juice might not be the most common fruit juice out there, but it is delicious and hydrating. Try making it at home to make up your own mind, and then spread the good word!
Discover some feel-good facts to make your watermelon snacks and recipes even more enjoyable.
In the (rare) chance that you simply can’t keep up with your watermelon plant’s fruit production, here are a couple of posts to help you extend a watermelon’s life, both fresh and dehydrated!
Watermelon Plant Varieties
When you think of watermelons, chances are that you imagine a big green fruit with a pretty red interior. While most watermelons are just like that, there are many different watermelon varieties out there. Even many rare ones!
If you’re interested in learning more about watermelon varieites, check out some of our bigger categories and Giant Watermelons, and then dive into the more specific varieties listed here:
Big Tasty Watermelon
Black Diamond Watermelon
Black Diamond Yellow Belly Watermelon
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon
Bush Sugar Baby Watermelon
Charleston Gray Watermelon
Cream of Saskatchewan Watermelon
Crimson Sweet Watermelon
Florida Giant Watermelon
Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon
Gold in Gold Watermelon
Klondike Blue Watermelon
Mini Piccolo Watermelon
Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelon
Orange Crisp Watermelon
Orange Tendersweet Watermelon
Tip: Are you planning an outdoor outing anytime soon? Perhaps with a picnic? Then checkout my like Picnic Watermelons post to decide which watermelon will be best for your trip!
Keep Learning About Watermelons!
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