In this article, I will take you through everything you need to know to grow Watermelon in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
There is nothing more soul soothing than planting seeds and tending your vegetables; watching them sprout and grow and then eventually cooking and consuming them.
When should you plant Watermelon?
The best months to plant Watermelon in Perth are Aug-Dec. You can plant using Seed or Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 15-24 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Seed or Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 15-24c
Can Watermelon grow in pots?
No. You’ve seen how big a watermelon gets, right?
The great thing about planting Watermelon in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Watermelon indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Watermelon get?
You will discover that Watermelon thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Watermelon isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
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How often should you water Watermelon?
Watermelon really enjoys when it gets Keep well watered until fruit starts to ripen, then reduce watering to sweeten before picking..
They prefer soil that is Well-drained position with plenty of space to grow.
When can you harvest?
Being a Monthly vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Watermelon crop is around Jan-Apr. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Watermelon in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Watermelon in rows. You’ll need to allow around 210 centimetres between rows, and 150 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 210 cm
Space between seedlings: 150 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Watermelon seeds for up to 5 years, and use them to grow more next season?
It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
Enjoy delicious Watermelon in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Watermelon in your own backyard.
Make a habit of calmly watering your plants, or quietly toiling the soil. Gardening can be a very personal and uplifting experience in your own life.
I trust you’ll enjoy growing your own vegetables like I do.