From Honeydew to Watermelon to Cantaloupe
HABIT: Sprawling, veining annual leafy plants to 10' bearing fruit with edible inner flesh. Sizes, shapes, colors, and flavors dependent upon species and varieties (see below). Maturity dates dependent on varieties 50-100 days.
SEED GERMINATION AND CULTURE: Melons do best in light sandy garden soil with humus (leaf mold, compost, peat moss, etc.) added and excellent drainage and a pH of 6.0-7.5. For best results, sow indoors in peat pots or pellets 3-4 weeks before night temperatures remain above 55 degrees. Keep moist, maintain 75 degree temperatures within the soil medium during germination which requires 5-7 days.
Shift to the garden when the roots emerge from pot walls and garden soil has warmed, setting plants in full sun, spacing hills of watermelon plants 3-5' apart each way, 1' apart in rows and all other hilled melons 4' apart each way or 18" apart in rows 4' apart. Small melons can be grown on a fence, supporting fruits with stocking slings or board shelf supports.
The Incredible Giant Pumpkin, some weigh well over 1000 lbs. An impressive sight to all, and nothing short of a great accomplishment and addition to your Man's Garden. Having a pumpkin in your garden will instantly convey a sense of manliness as it slumps in its patch like a giant orange testicle.
Growing one of these bad boys is possible by first following some simple steps. However, the art of growing a giant pumpkin can take a lifetime to perfect.
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