Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by john catfish young, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

    How do you grow your watermelons? For many years I tried to grow them without much luck. Then several years ago a friend told me his secrets and I've been enjoying some delicious watermelons every year since. I dig a deep whole where I plan on planting the melon seeds or starts...in this hole, I put straw, newspaper shreds and fertilizer, usually rabbit manure and layer these things with soft soil and mound it up into a 2'x2' mound. I then plant 3 different plants in the mound. I lay straw on top of the mounds to keep the soil moist and water weekly in the dry months. It seems to work for me. How do ya'll do it? I plan on growing a truck load this year!:wink:
  2. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

    Year before last was the first year I planted watermellons. That spring, I put cow-manure mixed with their bedding straw on the garden. Had three plants planted, and grew 28 large mellons. I was suprised! I gave everyone in my neighborhood one. Two of them were over 50 pounds each!!! Last year, I didn't put the manure on, or straw. Granted we had alot of rain, and most of the garden struggled, but out of three plants I had 1 mellon grow about the size of a volleyball. :sad2: .. I think I will try the manure and straw tilled in again this spring!:wink: rollo