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Old 05-14-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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I want to grow large watermelons (30 lbs) in Minnesota. I know it will be difficult, can anyone please give me some tips? Thank you so much
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:13 AM
 
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I don't want your post to go unnoticed,I can not tell you about Minn,but a few tips,I learned in Pa.
Black plastic is helpfull, small hills,about 3 plants to the hill, 6 foot spacing between hills. do not pull weeds,cover them with dirt.
The sad part is you run out growing season,august they just start to grow nicely,September brings frost.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Find the largest baby melon on the vine and pull the rest. Make it concentrate all its energy on one. Remove any flowers after the one has started to grow. Consistent moisture and a good balanced fertilizer is key.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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Well, I planted my melons today. I prestatred some Plants, and put in some seed directly. I put a generous amount of topsoil and a product called "Moo-Nure" on my land before I planted them. I have some Congo and some Charleston Grey seed. Now I am hoping for the best.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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Well, I planted my melons today. I prestatred some Plants, and put in some seed directly. I put a generous amount of topsoil and a product called "Moo-Nure" on my land before I planted them. I have some Congo and some Charleston Grey seed. Now I am hoping for the best.
I have a lot of plants about 2 inches high, and I know it is about time to fertil;ize and thin. What kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Thank you for your help.
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Here is some interesting info you may enjoy reading:
How to Grow Watermelon, Growing Watermelon, Watermelon Seeds. Vegetable Gardening by The Gardener's Network
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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Thank you very much for your kind reply.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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Watermelons are like pumpkins, they need a TON of space, and once you see a tiny melon growing, you need to prune the other melons, the flowers and the other vines so the plant will grow that single melon HUGE.

As far as fertilizer goes, I only use cow or horse manure. Make sure to water plenty.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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I put my 2nd application of Miracle-Gro on the melon plants yesterday, and today they grew like nuts!!!!!!!!! it says to use Miracle-Gro every 7 to 10 days, but would it hurt if I used it more frequently?.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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I put my 2nd application of Miracle-Gro on the melon plants yesterday, and today they grew like nuts!!!!!!!!! it says to use Miracle-Gro every 7 to 10 days, but would it hurt if I used it more frequently?.

It can burn the plant if they get too much.

I don't use chemicals on my fruits and veggies, but I do my flowers, and everyday I water them with MG. But I use about a 1/4 of the recommended dose, and a bunch of water.

So maybe if you wanted to use more often, you just cut the dose down to make up for it.
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