Watermelons and learning how to grow them is not as difficult as some people think, they usually do all the work themselves. Those of you who live in the South will probably find it a little easier because watermelon prefer the warmer seasons. Learning to grow watermelon in the North just starts indoors first and gets transplanted when the soil is ready.

fully grown watermelon

There are some gardeners that do not want to bother with growing them because of the amount of room they need. Granted, they do grow on vines, but will take up as much space as you let them. Children enjoy watching watermelons grow because they start out as small as a golf ball and grow to become large mature melons.

When you grow your own patch of melons you can select the variety you enjoy the most even if the supermarket does not usually carry them. Melons come in various shapes and colors such as oval, long or round and their flesh a bright red to a yellow.

Learning the outdoor method of starting your seeds is quite simple; they prefer to have the sunniest, hottest part of the garden. The soil needs to be strengthened with some organic material and a dose of vegetable fertilizer.

Plant the seeds in round plots about an inch in depth and each plot is to have at least eight seeds spaced roughly 4 inches apart. The center sections of each rounded plot should be at least 6 feet apart.

Once the seedlings in each of the plots reach two inches in height, thin them out but save the 3 strongest plants in each plot. You can improve your watermelon yield and have clean melons if you place black plastic mulch under the vines.

The Easy Part

Now here is the easy part of containing the size of your watermelon patch. As the melons begin to mature each week, you can contain the plants to a smaller area by accumulating them back into their original round plot, so as to form a nest of watermelons. This will take up much less garden space and a great learning tool.

Watermelons need watering regularly but if conditions become extremely hot you may need to do so more often. You want the watermelon patch free of weeds as much as possible. It is a good practice to do the weeding by hand and not use a weeding tool so as not to accidentally cut off some of the shoots or to damage the roots.

It will usually take watermelon about 120 days from the planting of the seeds and harvesting. You can harvest the melons when you notice the small tendrils that have formed get a little crispy and turn brown.

The color of the melon will start looking a little dull, and the skin will become resistant to a penetrating fingernail while pressing on it. Another way is to turn over a melon and if the bottom is yellow it is time to harvest.

The easiest way to harvest watermelon is to use a knife or sturdy scissors. Measure up two inches from where the stem is connected and then cut the stem.