If you love the thought of juicy watermelons in the summertime, you can grow your own. Watermelons are easy plants to grow for even the "greenest" gardener. Getting your kids involved in growing their own food is a great way to encourage them to eat a varied, healthy diet. Start the plants indoors and transplant them to mature in your garden. They'll be a fun treat for the whole family.
Things You'll Need
- Watermelon seeds
- Potting soil
- Small planting containers
Start by gathering your containers. Used, cleaned yogurt cups are great starter pots, as are the small, individual-serving ice cream cups. You can also get small pots from a garden center, but for economical gardeners recycling those snack cups is the best way. You need as many containers as the number of plants you want to grow.
Fill each container with potting soil. You can purchase this very cheaply at many discount stores or any garden center. Fill the containers half to three quarters of the way. Using your finger or a spoon poke a hole in the center, about 1 inch deep, and drop two or three watermelon seeds in the hole.
Cover your seeds with soil and water the soil until moist. Be careful not to overwater these small containers as this could cause the seeds to rot and never grow. If you overwater them, try sitting them in the sun for a few days and letting the soil dry out. When it's completely dry, add a little water and wait to see if your seed has survived and germinates.
Once the seeds are planted and watered, place them in a warm environment to speed up the sprouts. A great place for this is on top of your refrigerator. Leave them here until they sprout, which can take several weeks, and then you can move them to a sunny spot in your house.
Once sprouted, continue to water as needed until they've grown a bit. You may have several sprouts in each container. After they start to really grow, thin them back to just one or two sprouts. Do this by snipping the excess plants off near the soil. The remaining plants will grow stronger and bigger.
Once your plants are big enough to survive outside and the weather is warm enough, plant them in a sunny spot, 5 to 6 feet apart, and water them regularly.