Since moving to the tropics, my kids have tried growing watermelons a few times with dismal luck. They just don’t seem to like the climate, the bugs or the soil.
Except for these guys, which one of my sons planted in a leftover pile of white construction sand:
They are thriving and making tiny watermelons right now. I hope it keeps up!
It’s funny to see them in this white sand – reminds me of Florida. Right nearby are some other watermelon plants that are in clay loam and they’re shrimps, though they were planted at the same time.
Maybe I need to just dump a huge pile of white sand in a corner of my gardens and make it the watermelon patch.
Watermelons are desert natives, specifically Egypt, so I bet that sand feels good on their roots! That son has good instincts!
And be sure to save seeds from them if they produce – you can select for the best ones for your climate and bugs. (Plus taste, of course!)
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