The Q&A Archives: Proper Soil Amendments

Question: I recently tore a section of lawn out for a new watermelon patch. This area gets sun for the required amount of time needed. The soil under the grass seems pretty good considering the soil here is usually hard and compacted. My question is about the adding of soil amendments. Is composted steer manure a good amendment to grow successful watermelons? I want to grow a successful crop of Carolina Cross watermelons. Thank you for your help.

Answer: Your plan to add organic mulch is an excellent one! Aged compost or aged manure make terrific amendments because of their ability to loosen soil and hold moisture (a real plus when growing melons of any kind). I'd spread 3"-4" of manure or compost over the area and til or dig it in to a depth of 6"-*' prior to planting the melon seeds. Hope you have a huge harvest of tasty melons!

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