Saturday, 24 November 2007

Bed 6: Watermelon

Bed 6:
Moon and Stars Watermelon
Seeds from Diggers Club were planted on 23 Aug 07 and potted on to growing-on containers on 22 Sep 07 and planted outside on 22 Oct 07.

Growing Requirements:
Latin Name: Citrullus lanatus
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Sow: Spring/Summer after frost when soil is warm.
Soil: They like a fertile, well drained, humus/compost rich soil.
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Spacing: 50cm apart in rows 100cm apart.

My Notes:
Frost sensitive plant when frost finished and soil is warm.
Start early under glass or in hothouse and keep warm till planting out.
Leaves calcium rich good to compost when crop finished.
Don't rotate squash, cucumbers and melons to the same site as they are members of the same family Cucurbitaceae.
May need hand pollination for a good crop.

Good Companions:
Corn
Sunflowers
Nasturtiums

Sources:
Organic Vegetable Growing by Annette McFarlane
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little

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