Sugar baby watermelons require about 75 days to fully mature. Watermelons grow best in warm, damp soil and require fertilizer, mulch and protection from pests to successfully mature. Sugar baby watermelons can be watered using a trickle irrigation system to prevent wilting or overwatering.Know More
Add compost or a natural fertilizer, such as manure, to the soil before planting watermelons. Mix the fertilizer into the soil thoroughly.
Plant seedlings at least 3 feet apart after the last frost, then cover the plants with floating row covers.
Install a trickle irrigation system and place mulch around the base of each seedling to ensure the plants have enough water to grow properly.
Place a layer of straw under the watermelons as soon as they reach the size of a grapefruit to prevent damage caused by contact with the ground. Water the plants daily until the last few weeks of the growing season, then water sparingly to produce sweet melons.
Harvest sugar baby watermelons when they reach a size of about 8 inches in diameter. A yellow underside indicates that a melon is ready to harvest.
When trimming a watermelon plant, focus on the fruit that is maturing slowly, growing irregularly or rotting. You will need a pair of gardening gloves and sharp pruning shears. Time varies based on how many plants you trim.Full Answer >
Most watermelon vines are long and rambling, requiring garden plots of up to 4 feet by 6 feet for each plant. The stems are hairy, while the leaves exhibit bilateral symmetry and are deeply lobed; each lobe has smaller lobes. Lobe tips are rounded, and the flowers are yellow.Full Answer >
The Old Farmer's Almanac, the Burpee seed company and Bonnie Plants all recommend waiting to plant watermelon seeds outdoors until the soil reaches a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Waiting for the soil to warm up ensures more reliable germination.Full Answer >
Okra, known in Western countries as gumbo, is a favorite flowering vegetable plant used as a thickening agent in stews. A warm-season crop, it grows well during early to mid summer. The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center describes an easy way to grow okra in the garden.Full Answer >