Only gardeners with a great deal of space can afford to grow
watermelons. Moreover, they are rather particular in their soil
requirements, a sand or sandy loam being best. Watermelon hills
should be at least 8 feet apart.
The plan of mixing a half wheelbarrow load of composted
material with the soil in each hill is good, provided the compost
is free from the remains of cucurbit plants that might carry
diseases. A half pound of commercial fertilizer also should be
thoroughly mixed with the soil in the hill. It is a good plan to
place several seeds in a ring about 1 foot in diameter in each
Later, the plants should be thinned to two to each hill.
The preserving type of watermelon - citron - is not edible when
raw. Its culture is the same as that for watermelon.
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