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Wonderful Watermelon: How to Grow the Fruit that Means ‘Summer’

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What’s more summer-like than watermelon? Growing your own watermelon, of course! These days the watermelon you buy at the supermarket is carefully bred for a lot of different characteristics, but flavor isn’t one of them. Tolerance for shipping and handling is great for…  READ MORE right arrow
Is there any food that says “summer” more famously than watermelon? No one can think of sweet, juicy watermelon without conjuring up fond summer memories—picnics, supper on the porch, camping out, all with slices of watermelon at the ready as a handheld dessert. And plenty of seeds for spitting,…  READ MORE right arrow


There are three types of watermelon, of which different varieties will be either seeded or seedless. These are mini or icebox, picnic, and yellow/orange.  READ MORE right arrow
Seeded watermelon plants are easy to pollinate—let the bees take care of it. These plants produce both male flowers, which appear first, and female flowers, which have a swollen base that will turn into fruit once pollinated from the male flowers.  READ MORE right arrow
Before you plant a single seed or seedling, you have to decide on a variety that fits your space, sunny growing season, and desired melon size. Because watermelons require a great deal of space, you’ll have to choose one of the hybrid smaller varieties if you’re limited in garden acreage.  READ MORE right arrow

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