Nice, eh? And it tasted great, too.
This 14.5lb beauty was grown in one of my melon pits without any additional care. There are a couple more out in the yard I need to harvest, all smaller than this one. Apparently, they’re supposed to weight more than this. Here’s where I got the original seeds:
Interestingly, the plants took their time producing… but still produced decently. I picked this variety because it was bred for Florida. The vines didn’t have any pest problems, so I think the small size was due to weed competition.
I’m happy, though. These were watermelons that I grew by simply sticking seeds in the ground, then ignoring them for a few months. Hard to beat that.
UPDATE: You’ll find more on the melon pit growing method in my book Compost Everything!