Watermelon Gardening Tips

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Watermelon Gardening Tips

No fruit captures the magic of the summer season quite like watermelon. While this fruit is a satisfying garden crop you can grow, it can be tricky. Watermelon is one of the most popular items at the Hunts Point Produce Market during the summer, so our team at E. Armata Inc. would like to share some watermelon gardening tips. Continue reading to learn more! 

Watermelon Gardening Tips 

There is nothing quite like a fresh, ripe watermelon from the Hunts Point Produce Market. However, it is also possible to grow delicious watermelon in your own garden! Getting your plants to produce this tasty fruit involves a lot of attention to the unique needs of the watermelon. Watermelons require fertile soil and a long growing season to produce good fruit. Before your start planting your watermelon garden, consider some of these tips:

  • Give them space – Watermelons are large fruit with vines that need a lot of room to grow. Place each watermelon hill about four feet away from each other to ensure they have enough space. 
  • Plant multiple seeds – Planting numerous seeds from the start can help you grow great watermelons. As they begin to grow, you can determine which plants are most promising and thin out the rest. Try planting up to ten seeds on each hill. 
  • Protect plants from pests – Watermelons are vulnerable to damage from insects. Protect your plants by using row covers or using an insecticide. 
  • Avoid over-watering – The roots of a watermelon go deep underground, so they only need to be watered occasionally. Their soil should be kept moist but not soaking wet. 
  • Weeding – You’ll need to stay vigilant when it comes to weeds and your watermelon plants, especially when they are young. When the vines are fully developed, it can be challenging to get to the weeds. 
  • Support pollinators – The blossoms require pollination to bear fruit, so make sure you are being kind to bees. Remove row covers to allow for pollination. 

Contact The Hunts Point Produce Market

E. Armata Inc. is amongst the leading watermelon distributors in the Hunts Point Produce Market. Our relationships with respected growers allows us to provide high-quality melons to our customers all year round. To learn more about watermelon gardening or for general inquiries, be sure to contact us today!