Watermelons are one of the most popular fruits grown in our country. They are easy to grow and produce a good yield. You can easily harvest them year after year. But if you want to enjoy your watermelons even more, it’s very important that they’re planted properly and not left out in the open too long. That would lead to rotting or other damage to their quality.
The first thing you need to do when preparing watermelons is to make sure they’re well rooted. If you don’t have any roots, then you’ll never be able to keep them alive during the winter months.
Once you’ve got root, the next step is to get rid of all those pesky weeds that will try their best to stop your melon from growing.
If there are no weeds around, then just leave them alone and let nature take its course. However, if there are some weeds around, then you might want to consider using herbicides.
These herbicides kill off the weeds without harming the fruit. There are many types of herbicide available for use on watermelons. Some of these include:
Roundup (also known as glyphosate) is one such type of herbicide that’s commonly used on watermelons. Roundup works by killing off the plants underneath while leaving the leaves intact.
This allows the sun to still reach the watermelons and helps them to grow.
Atrazine is another type of herbicide that can be used on melons. This one is a little bit harsher than Roundup, but it works very well at killing off broad leaf plants while leaving your watermelons intact.
It does have the disadvantage of possibly killing your grass, so you’ll need to make sure none of the chemical touches your grass or it will start to turn brown and die.
Propionic acid is another type of chemical that you may want to try. It’s a little bit safer than Atrazine because it doesn’t tend to stay around as long and thus is less likely to cause damage to your soil or drinking water.
It’s a great alternative to Atrazine, but the one major disadvantage is that it doesn’t kill grass like Atrazine does.
These are some of the more popular herbicides used on watermelons, but there are many others as well. Be sure to do your research before settling on any one in particular.
Whatever you decide to do, just remember to get rid of all the weeds around your melon patch if you want to have a successful harvest this year!
Here’s a list of other things that you can try to keep your watermelons producing healthy fruits year after year:
Fertilizer: Fertilizing your watermelons is very important if you want to get a good harvest. You can either buy a fertilizer specifically made for watermelons or you can use the same kind that you use for your grass (but not the kind that has weed killers in it).
Using organic fertilizer not only helps your watermelons grow, but also keeps them healthy as well.
Protection: Keeping your watermelons safe from critters is also important if you want a good harvest. The best way to do this is to cover them with either a tarp, old blankets, or even earth (just be sure there aren’t any gaps in the covering so that the raccoons don’t dig their way in).
You can also try building a small fence around them or placing booby traps around the patch (be sure to put them high enough so that your kids can’t reach them).
When you do harvest your watermelons, you have a few options as to what you can do with them. You can either sell them, give them away, or you can just enjoy them yourself.
No matter what you do with them, you’re going to have a great time doing it!
Watermelons are certainly one of the most unique fruits as far as looks are concerned. They’re also pretty simple to take care of and they don’t require too much work in order to grow.
I hope you found this guide to be helpful and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
It’s important that your plants have enough space between them. If you want to keep your plants healthy, then it’s vital to keep your watermelons away from the vines.
You can also grow them in containers if you want, just be sure to choose a large enough container and replant them once they get too big for their current container.
The most important thing is to make sure you get a good harvest. Good luck and happy growing!
Sources & references used in this article:
Vegetable gardening (2008) by J Quinn, D Trinklein – 2008 – mospace.umsystem.edu
Vertical gardening: grow up, not out, for more vegetables and flowers in much less space by D Wind – Dave’s Garden, 2008
Home vegetable gardening by D Fell – 2011 – books.google.com