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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2008
2:27 PM

Post #5441219

We are planning to make a garden area this fall for planting next spring. I would like to try a small variety of watermelon, but thought they might be hard to grow. Now I need to find a good small variety!
angele

August 20, 2008
5:06 PM

Post #5441980

Enjoyed this article! I've been eating a store bought watermelon a week this season. There are now 3 volunteer vines flowering in my yard. I hope we have a late winter :-)
ByndeweedBeth
scio, oregon, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #5442644

The layout of this article was eye-catching. Very good job!
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2008
8:09 PM

Post #5442820

Watermelon growing is my favorite crop...eating them too. A few minutes ago I just finished eating a 1/6th slab of a home grown Sweet Slice Plus [25 pound seedless]. It was quite good for a seedless.
Since I have been growing melons for years, disease pressure in the soil is the number one problem here. I still get some real nice ones though. Watermelons need the best soil to do well.
Why fiddle with a baby melon...go for the best!...Raspa, Sangria, SF420, Orangeglo, Royalty, or Sweet Slice plus.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #5443624

Thanks for all the feedback :)

Nanny_56, let us know what you end up growing. If you want really small, there is a Miniput early 3-4lb variety or Icebox varieties, like Sugar Babies, which are on the smaller side (6-10 lbs). Other early varieties have choices that range in 6-10 lb watermelons. Here is a link to some early varieties: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/veggies/watermelon1.html
There are many sources for seed, but if you want to shop around, Twilley Seeds has the Miniput and Willhite Seed Inc. has alot too, like the Sugar Baby.

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Indy, I would have interviewed you for this article had I known you were a watermelon grower here on DG! I'm glad you mentioned soil. I forgot to say anything about soil. I did notice that when I went to Farmer Ray Hlubik's farm, he had a sandy loam soil in his watermelon patch.

The University of Georgia Extension Service says watermelons thrive in fertile sandy loam soils that contain organic matter with a pH of 6.0-6.5.
Here is their link for more info:
http://www.uga.edu/vegetable/watermelon.html


nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5443882

Thanks for the info Wind...checking them out right now. I have heard of Sugar Baby...that might be a good size to try.
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2008
12:57 AM

Post #5444176

Outstanding article! I've grown a couple of them this year. The vines are vigorous! I was able to cut one and eat it last week and it was wonderful! Especially good knowing it came from my own garden, small though that garden is.

I love the style of your article. Jam up job!!!

Janet

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #5444567

your welcome Nanny, have fun picking out a cultivar best suited for your garden :)

and Thanks Janet :)))
... do you happen to know, what variety of watermelon you grew? I would love to know; plus, It might be helpful to other people in your area.
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2008
9:31 AM

Post #5445570

I am pretty sure it is Jubilee.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2008
11:39 AM

Post #5445744

thanks!

Nanny_56, this morning I came across this link, to one of the DG threads, that was about small watermelons that may be helpful to you and others looking for smaller size watermelons: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/695655/

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