The Q&A Archives: Watermelon in MA

Question: I would really like to plant watermelons this year. I know the climate isn't right, but are there techniques, short of building a greenhouse that may work for me?

Answer: Watermelons need a long growing season (at least 80 days) of really warm, almost hot weather. Your climate won't provide that but there are some smaller melons that will mature in your short summer season. Try growing Sugar Baby. This melon is only about the size of a bowling ball but it's sweet and flavorful. Plant the seeds in the warmest area of your garden where the plants will get lots of sun. To help the soil warm up even faster so you can plant earlier, spread a sheet of black plastic over the area where you want to grow your watermelons and cut a couple of slits or X's in the plastic to plant your seeds. The black plastic will absorb and radiate the sun's heat and make for a nice warm bed. Good luck with your melons

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