Organic Fruit - How To Grow That Perfect Watermelon
You can produce organic fruit quite easily in your own backyard, free of chemicals and additives, which is becoming the norm when we buy fruit and vegetables from the grocery store. A fun fruit to grow and enjoy is watermelon and with a very few steps and some patience, you can grow a perfect watermelon in your own backyard.
Step 1 - Choose an Ideal Location
For the best results from your planting, you will want to select a good growing location that is in full sun and shielded from spring winds, generally, a south-facing plot is the best. You want the pH of the soil balanced, yet a watermelon can live in an acid-base soil environment of 5.5 without a problem. To produce the ideal organic fruit conditions, you will want a near-neutral pH reading in the soil before planting seeds, or transplants into the bed.
Step 2 - Prepare the Plant Bed
To produce healthy and productive organic fruit, you want to be sure that you have a nicely fertilized bed. Turn the bed soil thoroughly to get a good mix before planting. If you are planting seeds, make holes for them 3 feet apart for small bushes, and 12 feet apart for giant ramblers. The key time for planting is when the air and ground temperatures have reached and are maintaining a temperature of at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3 - Plant the Seeds or Transplants
Watermelon does not like to be transplanted, so be sure when you are planting seeds or transplants from a nursery that you are putting them in the location where they will live out their lives. Your organic fruit output is going to be monitored by gardening maintenance and upkeep, which starts with plant placement. Unlike herbs, watermelon plants don't like having neighbors nearby. They like to be stretched out, and if they contact with one another, they have been known to strangle each other. Be sure to read your package to find out the optimal distance between other plants to avoid this from happening, as they will also overgrow other plants in your garden as well if you have any.
Step 4 - Vine and Melon Upkeep
You are going to produce larger organic fruit from your watermelon plants with more water, as this is what the plant gathers and stores in the melon itself. Cover new plants with a plastic sheet to hold in moisture and promote growth until they start to flower and bud. Young plants need about an inch of water a week to stimulate growth and healthy fruit.
One way to get your organic fruit to grow larger and look nicer in appearance is to check the vines regularly as they grow and begin to develop fruit. You can then turn the melon to keep it from turning white on one side by gently lifting and rotating the melon every day from one side to the other. Be careful not to snap or break the vines when moving the melons.