DAYS TO HARVEST
75-95 from transplant
If transplanting (recommended) sow 2-3 weeks before the last frost date about 5 inches apart in a tray or in individual 4-inch pots. Sow two seeds per hole, and select the stronger seedling to transplant. Watermelons like rich soil. As the seeds are germinating, keep them very warm (75F-80F) and avoid over watering! Cool soil or too much water can cause the seeds to rot rather than sprout! Once they have germinated, they will be thirsty and like plenty of water (but without getting waterlogged.) transplant then they have their first true leaves. Cover immediately (after transplanting and watering in) with row cover for extra warmth and to prevent insect damage. Uncover as soon as flower buds appear to allow pollination.
Watermelons like rich, warm, moist but well-draining soil. Sandy and stony soil seem to be good (stones actually help to raise soils temperature!) as long as you put in plenty of compost and make sure to water them regularly, especially as they start blooming and setting fruit.
4 ft in the row, rows 3 ft apart.
Not cold hardy.
When two curling tendrils from the melon towards the roots have turned brown, the watermelon should be ripe.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
Eat and enjoy!
Watermelon, mint and fennel salad:
- De-seed and chop the watermelon flesh into approximately 1-inch cubes
- Finely chop a large bunch of fresh mint leaves (applemint for milder salad, peppermint or spearmint for a stronger mint flavor)
- Slice 2 medium-sized fennel bulbs
- Very finely chop 1/4 of a sweet red onion
mix everything together with a vinaigrette:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons White wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Finish by sprinkling on some feta cheese or other fresh, crumbly, salty cheese. Garnish with fennel leaves.