A Few Quick Tips on Starting Watermelons. *Read Below. 2018 Watermelon Growing Guide - https://youtu.be/n-Bfx6OQzxI
2016, 17 melons, NO Watering - https://youtu.be/OwI2UoVTKxI
Just wanted to do a short video with a few tips for starting watermelons and initial pest prevention to protect the delicate seedlings. Some plants take a long time to produce and you may not have the time to start new seeds if the ones you have get damaged or ruined. For me I only usually grow a few plants in total and if anything happens early on, it could ruin it for the entire season. I have had plenty of success with my techniques and I hope my tips help you. Thanks for watching!
Also I have mentioned in other videos that I don't water my garden at all and have grown many large melons without issues. This is due to the grass clippings helping retain moisture in the soil. Clippings also release nitrogen and its impossible to use too much as a source of nitrogen. People attribute nitrogen release to chemical fertilizers. Organics such as grass clippings is slow release and cannot burn plants like chemical fertilizers can. Anyway, what I'm getting at is, this season I chose to use a type of melon that has a long maturity time. Because melons need 70f plus temps and night which only happens in the 2nd to 3rd month of the summer here, I decided to water this season if I want to have any chance at getting anything much larger than a 50lb melon. It's not that the melons won't grow, it's that by the time they start growing there needs to be plenty of vines and leaves to absorb enough energy to produce a very large melon since that's what i'm hoping for...at least an 80lb'er
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