How to Grow Watermelons & Cantaloupes

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Growing watermelons and cantaloupes is a process that will require you to use one seed per hole for a very important reason. Grow watermelons and cantaloupes with help from an experienced gardening professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello. This is Mindy McIntosh-Shetter from Mindar The Gardening Gnome in Dirt to Dining University. And today I'd like to show you how to grow watermelon and cantaloupe. Now the technique I'm going to use to today is precision farming and I'm only going to use one per hole and I'll explain why a little bit later. But the process begins by preparing your garden swell. Now your garden swell can be the soil in your raised bed, it can be in the ground or it can actually be in a container garden. You need to loosen up the soil making sure that you're planting you're planting your seed after your local frost free date and incorporating plenty of organic matter and compost. Once you've done that smooth the swell out and we're going to dig our first hole. Our first hole is going to be cantaloupe. Now the technique I'm going to use is called precision farming. And I'm going to plant one seed per hole 18 to 24 inches apart. I don't have to thin out at a later date and it's time saving and it's seed saving also. So I'm going to plant my cantaloupe seed first. I'm going to gently tap it down, I'm going to move to this hole and I'm going to plant my watermelon in this hole. Again, half inch to an inch in depth. And then I'm going to fill it in, gently tap, and then I'm going to plant another cantaloupe here. Now I could continue this process if my bed was bigger, but melons like to have a five foot space between the rows. And so since this bed is only a 4 by 4 I'm only going to be able to get one row in this bed. And that's all there is as far as planting watermelon and cantaloupe. So until we meet in the garden again this has been Mindy McIntosh-shetter from Mindar The Gardening Gnome in Dirt to Dining University.


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