Everyone seems to love juicy watermelon in the summertime. Native to Africa, melons require warm temperatures and a long growing season. By late summer, they should be just about ready to harvest! Growing watermelons is not the enormous undertaking you might think it’s bound to be, though a little garden planning will help.
In the US, it’s primarily the flesh of watermelons that is consumed, but the seeds are a popular snack in other parts of the world, and the rind is also edible. Pickled watermelon rind, anyone?
Watermelons grow on sprawling vines – just like their relatives, honeydew and cantaloupe, squash, gourds and cucumbers. While for most of us these fruits may conjure up visions of something hefty and oblong with light and dark green stripes, watermelons come in a wide range of skin patterns and sizes.
When you grow your own at home, you open up your options to a stunning array of varieties!