To grow the best, juiciest melons, one of the most important things you need to do is to make sure that they get enough water.
By growing them in a “water well” you will ensure that they will.
Here’s what you do:
1. Make sure each “well” is 5 feet (1.5 m) apart.
2. Dig a hole that is at least 4 inches (10 cm) deep and 18 inches (45 cm) wide.
3. Fill each hole with compost or good rich, loamy soil.
4. Water the compost in thoroughly and let it sit for a day or two.
5. In each composted hole, plant 6 to 8 seeds.
6. When the seedlings begin to emerge, apply a surface mulch of compost and then thin the seedlings to 3 plants per hole.
The compost-rich hole that you have created is retaining moisture much better than regular garden soil and is providing the melon roots the moisture they require to produce juicy, delicious melons.
During hot, dry days, make sure you water the melons deeply when the compost begins to dry out, which could be every day, or every few days depending upon your area.
Either way, make sure the that the soil moisture remains high, which the composted “water well” will greatly help you do.
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Have great week!