watermelon



watermelon
When one thinks of summer "Watermelon" comes to mind for many. Family picnics are not compete without this favorite vegetable. We live in a perfect summer enviroment the warmer temperatures and longer growing season of southern areas especially favor this vegetable.

Best Time to Plant

Plant after the soil is warm and when all danger of frost has past. Soil temperatures should be 60 to 65 degrees F before planting seeds.Watermelons grow best on a sandy loam soil, although yields on clay soils can be increased significantly by mulching raised planting rows with black plastic film.
To direct seed, plant two seeds 1 in. deep in each mound and thin to one plant after they have at least two leaves.
Form planting mounds about 3 in. tall and 12 in. to 18 in. wide to improve drainage. If you can find disease varieties it will cut down on problems and pests.

pests

Cucumber beetles
attack watermelon plants.

Twospotted spider mites
(Tetranychus urticae) are a serious pest during hot, dry periods in eastern North Carolina. Mites build up on grasses and weeds around fields; hot, dry conditions can cause mite
populations to build and feed on small plants under stress. Mowing and weed control together with
rotation offer some preventive control. Selective miticides can be used.

Flower thrips
(several species) are sporadic pests during cool, wet springs. Thrips can move to planting
in May and June from small grain.

 Helpful Links


Clemson Planning your Vegetable Garden
How to grow Watermelon
Backyardgardener.com/Veggies
NCSU Vegetable Planting Guide
EHow Planting Guide