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I cannot believe that this worked!
A co-worker had brought a nice watermelon for all of us to enjoy last Friday and it was SO sweet!
Instead of spitting out the seeds, I collected them and put them in a zip-lock bag filled with water to try them in my back yard.
I have read a lot of online tips about growing watermelon, and I decided to grow the seeds MY way instead of all of the stuff that I have read..
One thing that any new seed needs is good soil to seed contact, so I prepared an area about 2ft x 2ft with 5 lbs of earthworm castings and 1 lb of Texas green sand because that was all that I had laying around.
Another tip that I picked up was that only 1 inch of mulch will lower the soil temperature by 10 deg. during a major heat-wave like we are having.
The seeds were planted 1/2 inch below the amended soil and I spread 1 inch of shredded native tree trimmings mulch over them.
Today, they broke through the mulch and look very healthy:

This is AWESOME! I might actually have some “fall melons”!
We’ll see what happens!

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I love your blogs N2o. I am a big fan of garden mulch to.

21 Jul, 2011


Ditto ... your water melons will indeed be awesome! We currently have rain, rain & more rain ... : o (((

21 Jul, 2011


Send some this way Shirley!
We have had less than 3 inches all summer..
This drought is the worst that I have ever

24 Jul, 2011


I've been following the various world weather patterns ... very, very strange all round! Today has been sun and cloud, no rain, hooray to be able to do some gardening without getting rained on! I do sympathise with you and your fellow countrymen though . . . . .

24 Jul, 2011

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