I have been reading many articles on the net about growing melons and pumpkins in containers and it has me all hyped up.
I know barrels hold a lot of soil and the initial expense can be expensive but I am trying it anyway. I was going to do hydroponic but I just like my dirt.
The plan is to grow regular jack o lantern pumpkins, regular watermelons- crimson sweet, and an Atlantic Giant pumpkin in 55 gallon barrels. I know it will work cause folks are growing all of these in Earthboxes and they are doing pretty good. I think they need a little more soil.
I have a few earthboxes too that I will be growing the Sugar Pie pumpkin in. It is early and I don't have any pictures. My seeds are in the process of germinating.
I've been looking at local plastic drum vendors and what I was thinking was to cut the barrels in half. They would be about 22 or 24" deep, and I would think that would be plenty deep for anything we would want to plant.
They also had 30 gallon plastic barrels and the 6 gallon buckets. Do you think the 30's would be too small for melons? Still trying to find a source for cheep or free 6.5 gallon buckets...
I think 30 will work. I put two crimson sweet in a 25 gallon today. I will have fun while I live and learn. I was very tempted to put the two plants in a 32 gallon. but I convinced myself that I could keep up with the watering in the 25,
I sowed 3 sugar pie pumpkin seeds in an earthbox along with a pink wave petunia plant today also. I have 4 more earthboxes being delivered. I expected them today but it was a no show.
We've got some Bush Sugar Baby's we started in the Jiffy GH and we're about to transplant into 5 gallon buckets. I was thinking about using a tomato cage to support them, but wasn't too sure if they would...
Also cleaned out the smaller raised bed and planted some Congo's and a couple Crimson Sweet's along with 4 Little Gems...
I have a Crimson Sweet watermelon (2 plants) growing in a 25 gallon pot and it has started running now. Excited to get the show on the road.
I have a seed from a 200 pound Carolina Cross watermelon that has germinated in a 25 gallon pot. I read that these seed are hard to germinate and I have had problems germinating them in the past . So I am pleased that it germinated. Hoping I grow a large melon...at any rate.
I have a giant Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seedling mutt from hollandsgiants that is ready for the 50 gallon barrel but i am so afraid the vine will break easily as it falls over the side of the barrel. They have really tender vines. I am still deciding what to do about that.
Then. I have a giant squash that is trying to germinate in a 32 gallon trash can. Seed is from hollandsgiants also. Also a mutt seed.
mutt= don't know who the parents are. they are random seeds from 500 to 700 pound pumpkins or squash.
I decided to move that Carolina Cross to the garden. I had originally started the carolina in a 3 inch pot and when I saw roots at the bottom of the container, I quickly transplanted it into that 25 gallon pot before it emerged from the soil...but my thoughts got the best of me and after it emerged, I scooped it up and transplanted it into the garden. I don't think I disturbed the roots much.
BUT I did prepare a container that holds 100 gallons of soil that contains 3 buckets of rabbit manure for another Carolina Cross.
All is doing great.
I read that when the big melons are growing they only need about 5 to 8 gallons of water each day. Thats not too bad. I am impatient for everthing to start running. ... that will be a 2 wk wait.
Everthing is in its place.
Giant Squash= 32 gallon
Giant Pumpkin= 50 gallon
Giant Carolina= 100 gallon
Crimson Sweet= 25 gallon
Sugar Pie Pumpkins= 2 EBs
Crimson Sweet= 2 EBs
I set up 26 2gallon pots under the leaf nodes of the green squash plant so it could get more water and more nutrients.
will add more pots as the plant grows. It grew very well just in the earthbox but I am hoping for something bigger than what I would of gotten with just the earth box.
Thank you, I'm so happy I'm learning new info. I've a few Pumpkins vines in containers just as ornamental, and improving my learning curve purposes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and others.