How To Grow Watermelon In The Garden Bed
In the hot season, what is more enjoyable than eating a sweet watermelon? However, for those living in urban apartments, planting watermelon seems to be a distant dream. However, if you have a metal garden bed, you can turn this dream into reality.
First of all, you need to choose the right variety. Watermelon will have different growth habits in different environments, so it is very important to choose the varieties suitable for your growth environment. If your garden bed receives enough sunshine, melon and thermophilic varieties such as idyllic beauty, black beauty and emerald are all good choices. If your garden bed receives limited sunlight, you can choose some shade-resistant varieties, such as Starlight, Summer Ice, Panther, etc.
Next, you need to prepare the soil. Planting watermelon in a metal garden bed requires sufficient soil depth and soil rich in organic matter. You can lay a good layer of compost on the bed and cover the compost with a layer of fertile soil. This can provide sufficient nutrition and water for watermelon.
Then, you need to provide a good drainage system for the watermelon. When planting watermelon in the garden bed, you need to make sure that the soil can maintain proper humidity, but not too wet. Therefore, placing some drainage pipes or stones at the bottom of the bed can help to drain water and prevent the soil from being too wet, thus causing the watermelon root to rot.
Next, you need to plant watermelon. You can dig some small pits on the bed. Each pit is about 3-4 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Put the watermelon seeds into the pit, and then cover the soil gently. Keep the soil moist, but not too wet. When the watermelon plant grows to a certain height, you need to place some supports around the bed to support the plant and fruit. You can use some bamboo poles or wooden sticks to make these supports.
Finally, you need to pay attention to the growth and care of watermelon. Watermelon needs enough sunshine and water, so you need to water it regularly and provide enough fertilizer for the plant. After the watermelon starts to grow, you can use some organic fertilizers, such as fish bone meal or cow dung, to help them grow. You also need to pay attention to the control of diseases and insect pests, and timely apply and spray pesticides to keep the plant healthy.
In addition, in order to help the watermelon mature smoothly, you need to pick the immature watermelon and unhealthy fruit in time. This can allow other fruits to get more nutrients and space, and promote their growth and maturity. When you find that the watermelon fruit starts to turn yellow, you can gently tap the fruit. If you hear the crisp sound, you can pick them.
In short, planting watermelon in a metal garden bed requires some patience and effort, but it is definitely worth it. It is incomparable to enjoy the taste of fresh watermelon grown by yourself, and it is also an activity beneficial to physical and mental health. Try planting watermelon on your garden bed!