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Growing and Caring for Watermelon, Varieties of Watermelon, Trouble Shooting Watermelon, Preparing Watermelon.

Growing Watermelon

Tips and Techniques for Growing Watermelon

Watermelon is very susceptible to frost damage, it requires a long growing season with relatively high temperatures. Daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F and nighttime temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees F are ideal. Plastic mulches will raise soil temperature and helps melons to mature several weeks earlier than normal. Individual melons also tend to be larger and sweeter. Select a site with Full Sun , no shade, or minimal shade.

Square Watermelons are not a new or different breed of watermelon. They are common everyday garden varieties of melons grown in a different way.

Watermelon Seed Saving Seeds from Open Pollinated melons are the best bet for seed saving. Open Pollinated means that the seeds should 'breed true', although even this is not 100% guaranteed if they were grown where they could be pollinated by another variety or even a close relative. A separation of about 1/2 mile is advised from related cultivars..


Short Season Melons. Melons, any melons be it Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, requires extended periods of warmth to concentrate their sugars. That means sun-drenched days to produce the lush vines that produce the carbohydrates that sweetens the melons that pleases the taste buds. But they don't need endless days of summer weather. There are Plenty of melons that can be grown in summer-starved places from Montana to Maine and into Canada by using varieties that mature in 75 - 85 days or less.

Yellow Watermelons. Watermelon comes in green, green striped and variegated blends of green speckled skinned and even black. Black is beautiful in melons like sugar baby melons. Beneath the skin watermelons are traditionally red and juicy, some lighter pigmented melons are even described as 'pink'. However not all watermelons are Red, yellow is the new black when it comes to watermelons.



Trouble Shooting Watermelon Problems

Watermelon Pest and Disease Problems Trouble Shooting Watermelon Watermelon. Common Pests and Disease Problems, Nutrient Deficiencies.

Blossom End Rot is caused by temporary insufficiency of water and calcium. The soil may have a calcium imbalance inhibiting the uptake of water. Adding limestone can help if the soil if the pH is below 6.0. It may also occur under high temperatures when the melons are rapidly growing. Recommended treatment Blossom-End Rot Control

Hollow Watermelons - Why ? Watermelons are sometimes hollow in the center. Not a major problem just a little annoying. Melons and related fruits will sometimes form with a hollow interior or 'hollow heart'. The flavor is sometimes not up to par either, now that's a tad more than annoying.

Small Stunted Watermelons - Why ? Every now and again you'll plant watermelons and yes you do get melon, but they're squeamishly small and stunted. There are a number of reason watermelons fail to grow to their anticipated size and at times even fail to ripen at all.

Watermelons Bursting and Splitting Your Watermelons are growing well all through spring and into the dog days of summer when suddenly kapow, they start to pop open, split and crack... wtf ?

Plant Nutrient Deficiencies Most garden plant issues arise from insect and disease problems, nutrient deficiencies should only be treated when the disease and insect possibilities have first been explored. So long as the soil is relatively fertile and a proper soil pH is maintained Nutrient deficiencies are generally not a major problem.


Preparing and Preserving Watermelon - Recipes

Watermelon Rind Preserves. Recipe for preserving Watermelon Rind as a tasty Jelly like preserve / spread.

Pickled Watermelon Rind The watermelon rind is commonly discarded or relegated to the compost heap, but for culinary purposes the rind is a vegetable in its own right. Pickled Watermelon Rind was common amongst our ancestors who were forced to save every smidgen of summers bounty to ensure their survival through the winter months. Pickled Watermelon rind is one delicacy they enjoyed.

Pickled Watermelon. That's right Pickled Watermelon, not watermelon rind. Most recipes for Pickled Watermelon are actually for pickled watermelon rinds. The rind is more akin to a vegetable, while the watermelon flesh is the juicy fruit-like part that we savor. It is usually regarded as a seasonal treat but the flavor of summers bounty can also be preserved in a multitude of delectable ways. The Brine for this recipe contains vinegar which is necessary for the preservation - the vinegar pickle taste is melded with the cinnamon, sugar, lemon and natural melony sweetness to create a unique taste experience.



Health Benefits of Watermelon . We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but most people aren't aware that a watermelon a week will enhance your mystique. Watermelon is great for the sex life. Eating watermelon rind can actually boost libido.