In late Spring, we started a vegetable garden in our backyard. We’ve had tons of squash, zucchinis, cucumbers, and arugula. We’ve also had some strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupes, carrots, and spinach. But our very favorite garden treat was definitely growing watermelons! Watermelons grow on a vine with large crinkled leaves. These vines thrive in heat and do not require a ton of water or attention…from three plants we grew eight yummy little watermelons.
Watermelons like well-drained soil, require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight, and spread like crazy (like 6 feet). They need water when the soil dries or when the vines look a bit wilted. We were amazed by how little water these vines required considering our heat.
We found holding off on watering a week prior to harvesting, (not to the point that the vine withers too much) increased our watermelon’s sweetness. Our watermelon took 3 months to grow and we tested it’s ripeness by thumping on it, listening for a dull thump back. We also noticed the underside had turned pale-yellow (not pale-green or pale-white) when we harvested. Cut watermelon should be stored in an air-tight container, refrigerated and used within a few days.
My three sweet B’s are so proud of their gardening experience this summer! It has been awesome for them to see firsthand the process of growing vegetables and fruit from a seed to the food we put on our table. And I love that they’ve been a part each step along the way!
Our watermelon was so sweet and tasty! I love that watermelons are low calorie and contain a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. And I was surprised how easy they were to grow. Definitely on our must grow list next Spring!