Square Foot Gardening Plan








How To make a Square Foot Garden :

How to Grow Watermelons






Watermelons Planting

If you live in warmer climes, you can direct sow seeds outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees to avoid poor germination.

Watermelon vines are very tender and should not be transplanted until all danger of frost has passed. (To be safe, wait at least two weeks past your last frost date.)

If you are in a cooler zone, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting.

Amend soil with aged manure or compost before planting. Watermelons are heavy feeders.

Watermelons prefer a soil pH between 6 and 6.8.

Growing the vines in raised rows, known as hills, ensures good drainage and will hold the sun’s heat longer. Space the plants about 2 feet apart in a 5-foot-wide hill.

If you're growing in rows, space 6 feet apart by 6 feet apart.

Watermelons like loamy, well-drained soil. Handle them gently when you transplant.

After you transplant, cover the plants with row covers to keep pests at bay. You'll remove the row covers when you see both male and female flowers on the vine.

Watermelons Care

Mulching with black plastic will serve multiple purposes: it will warm the soil, hinder weed growth and keep developing fruits clean.

While melon plants are growing, blooming, and setting fruit, they need 1 to 2 inches of water per week. Water at the vine's base in the morning, and try to avoid wetting the leaves and avoid overhead watering. Reduce watering once fruit are growing. Dry weather produces the sweetest melon.

Pruning isn't necessary, but vine productivity may be improved if you do not allow lateral (side) vines to grow and stick to the main vine. When the plant is young, just cut off the end buds as they form (before the side shoots become vines). You can also pinch off some blossoms to focus the energy on fewer melons (though it's a challenge to kill off a potential fruit!).

Vines produce male and female flowers separately on the same plant. They often begin producing male flowers several weeks before the females appear. Do not be concerned if the male flowers fall off. The female flowers (which have a swollen bulb at the base) will stay on the vine and bear fruit.

Blossoms require pollination to set fruit, so be kind to the bees!

As fruit is ripening, prevent rotting by gently lifting it and putting some cardboard or straw between the fruit and the soil.

Watermelons  Harvest/Storage

Watermelons don’t sweeten after they are picked, so harvest time is important. They generally ripen over two weeks so keep you eye on them.

Thump it. If the watermelon sounds hollow, it's ripe.

Look at the color on the top. The watermelon is ripe when there is little contrast between the stripes.

Look at the color on the bottom. A green watermelon will have a white bottom; a ripe melon will have a cream- or yellow-colored bottom.

Press on it. If the watermelon sounds like it gives a little, it's ripe. (Rhodes doesn't like this method because it can ruin the quality of the fruit.)

Check the tendril. If it's green, wait. If it’s half-dead, the watermelon is nearly ripe or ripe. If the tendril is fully dead, it's ripe or overripe; it’s not going to get any riper, so you might as well pick!

Stems should be cut with a sharp knife close to the fruit.

Watermelons can be stored uncut for about 10 days. If cut, they can last in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Wrap tightly in plastic.

Top 10 Organic Fertilizers






Blood Meal: 13-1-0 Great source for nitrogen and can be mixed in with potting soil and added to the soil of established plants monthly.

Bone Meal: 4-12-0 Awesome source for phosphorus and helps the plant to grow a healthy root system. Works great in conjunction with blood meal.

Compost: 2-1-1 Compost adds organic matter that provides food for beneficial microbial life, which in turn increases the amount of water the soil can hold. Compost also contains many micronutrients essential for healthy plant growth.

Earthworm Castings: 2-1-1 A overall great organic fertilizer for flower and edible gardens.
Bat Guano: 0-5-0 Excellent source of phosphorus and an essential organic additive for vegetable gardens.

Fish Emulsion: 2-4-5 Has a little bit of everything. This is does not smell all that wonderful – you have been warned!

Alfalfa Meal: Great fertilizer 2.45-.05-1 for roses and encourages soil microbial activity, which makes nutrients more readily available to roses.

Cottonseed Meal: 7-2-2 Has a high percentage of nitrogen, second best source of organic nitrogen after blood meal. Cottonseed meal also acidifies the soil.

Feather meal: 7-0-0 to 12-0-0 It takes 4 months to break down and release its nutrients, but it is a high nitrogen fertilizer. It is a poultry processing byproduct.

Rock phosphate: 0-2-0 A mineral rock powder, rock phosphate is an excellent source of phosphorous and calcium. Remember that the phosphorous contained in rock phosphate becomes more available the second year after application. Be sure to test soil pH before adding rock phosphate.

How to Harvest and Store Seeds






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  • Harvesting Method: Dry
  • When to Harvest: Let seeds dry on plants.
  • How to Harvest: Shake seeds loose.
  • Storage: Store seeds in a tightly sealed glass container. Keep seeds in a dry and cool place.

Home-made Weedkiller Recipe






Ingredients:
  • White Vinegar {Yup, that’s all!}
  • Spray Bottle
  • Recipe:

Fill the spray bottle with white vinegar

Spray directly onto your weeds. {This recipe works best when it is hotter outside so it can dry up the weeds. *Be sure not to spray on your flower bed as it will eliminate your flowers.*}

This recipe is easy {<– my favorite kind} but works aaaand not to mention you save money in comparison to other over the counter weed killers! Boom! That’s enough of an incentive for me to make it.

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