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Name: John Zedaker
Playa Jaco/Playa Hermosa Costa
jzedaker
Mar 9, 2015 12:15 PM CST
Hello,

Please tell me the ultimate time and day to plant watermelon according to your planting calendar for my zone.

Thank you,

John Zedaker
John Zedaker
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Dutchlady1
Mar 9, 2015 12:16 PM CST
Welcome! John!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 9, 2015 1:00 PM CST

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John, do you get frosts where you are? I'm thinking your climate is one of those where you never get any freezing temperatures at all. If this is the case, then I'd say you can plant them whenever you want.
Name: John Zedaker
Playa Jaco/Playa Hermosa Costa
jzedaker
Mar 9, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Hi Dave, thank you for your response. No freezing temps down here on pacific coast Costa Rica. However the information I am looking for pertains to a bio dynamic planting calendar that suggests optimal planting dates and times of day. Are you familiar with such a calendar ?? It is based on the moon and other astrology. It breaks down according to flowering, fruit bearing and root plants.
It is very specific. Does your website have such a calendar ?
John Zedaker
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dave
Mar 10, 2015 8:56 AM CST

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I've never seen any evidence that supports planting by the moon or other heavenly bodies so I've never been interested in developing any calendar like that. If you want to give that a try, you might give the farmers almanac a try. They seem to be heavily involved in that sort of thing.

Good luck with your garden! Smiling
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 11, 2015 8:06 AM CST
John, I'm with Dave on this idea, really have not seen anything to support the notion. But was curious and Googled "biodynamic planting calendar". Got a few hits, but they all seem to be sites that are selling something, whether it's a calendar or their services.

You could try just planting your watermelon seeds maybe once a week over a period of a few weeks, note the moon phase when you plant on a tag, and see which seedlings sprout fastest, or do the best. Then you would have your own data for your area to refer to next year.

It wouldn't be that bad an idea to have a succession of plantings anyway, since your season is so long. You would harvest watermelons at intervals instead of many melons all in the same week.
Elaine

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Name: John Zedaker
Playa Jaco/Playa Hermosa Costa
jzedaker
Mar 12, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Thank you Dave and Elaine. I will take all of this into consideration. Pura Vida !!! John
John Zedaker

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