Is it too early to talk watermelons for this year?
I’ve got a 35-foot row for which I’m installing drip irrigation and putting down black plastic sheeting–the former to simplify watering and the latter to both heat up the soil and provide protection against weeds. I’m hoping that the combination will give me larger watermelons here in this Northern Virginia zone 7a climate. 30+ pounds or bust!
Last year, we ate or shared 31 watermelons from that row. This year, I’ll space the plants a little farther apart to reduce competition.
As it stands right now, I’ll plant them two feet apart, giving me room for 17 plants, 15 of which will be watermelons while the remaining two will be cantaloupes.
Planned watermelons for this year:
(1) Tendersweet Orange from Willhite’s
(2) Raspa from Willhite’s
(3) Moon and Stars from Willhite’s
(4) Verona black diamond from Fedco
(5 maybe) Big Stripe or Legacy, both being leftover seed from last year
Planned cantaloupes – Hale’s Best Jumbo and Super 45
What about y’all, or are you even thinking about them?