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  If you’re watermelon fan and an avid gardener then you should try your hand at growing a watermelon patch. Many gardeners do not grow a watermelon patch because it takes up a lot of yard space, but if you are someone who has some extra time and a wider landscape then growing a watermelon patch may be just the thing for you. It should be noted that a watermelon patch should be grown in an enclosed area and away from the front yard since you don’t want thieves, both human and animal, messing with your watermelon garden.

                A watermelon patch also needs plenty of space so be sure to make plenty of room in your garden. As with any vegetable or fruiting growing, the soil should contain the proper ingredients: nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Check with your local nursery to see the exact proportion of ingredients that are necessary in growing a healthy watermelon patch. It will be your choice whether or not you want to buy a melon starter plant from your local nursery or growing your melons from the ground up with seeds. Place in an area that will get at least six hours of sunlight daily. Leave the soil for around 2-3 days and sprinkle mulch around the soil bed to prevent weeds from intruding and choking your melon patch. Mulch is also a good thing to use because it traps in heat and retains moisture for your plants. Make sure to plant in soil that is at least 65 degrees in temperature. Watermelons thrive in warmer climates so be sure to get started after winter has passed, preferably early spring so your water melons will get plenty of sunshine throughout the spring and summer.  

                Pull back any mulch and place the seeds a couple inches in the ground. If using a starter plant then separate at least two inches apart from one another. Use discretion in separating watermelon plants as they grow; you want them to get plenty of room. Water every three days, but do not overwater since your melon patch requires little water to begin with. Since each melon stores a good amount of water inside the meat, you do not need to water as much. While your melons are growing, be on the lookout for weeds and pests.

                For weed treatment, use organic pesticides when treating or preventing weed infestation. Natural weed killer is always a good alternative since you do not want harmful chemicals getting on your plants. Watch closely for tiny insects and fungal growth. Watermelons are fresh for harvesting in a month. To test for full ripening, knock on a melon and if a dull sound echoes back then they are ready to be pulled from the garden.  

If you notice any signs of wilting, be sure to water extra. Prune your plants regularly to maintain good shape which will prevent melon plants from crossing each other’s path.  Because melons grow lush of leaves and vines, it is always important to maintain a clean melon patch as your plants are growing.    

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