Watermelons are a sure sign that summer is upon us. Growing your own watermelons is easy, and not necessarily as space consuming as one would think. Our clients, especially the new gardeners, always ask me “How many plants can fit in a 4’x8’x12″ raised garden?” Of course, that can’t be answered without knowing what they want to plant. I often advise, to save space, that folks plant the creeping vine plants, like watermelon, cucumber and squash in the corners or at the edges of the raised bed, and let them jump out. I have watermelons and cucumbers planted in beds, but mostly growing over the sides and into the yard.
Like everything else in the garden this year, I have lots of watermelons coming on. While they are tasty on their own, they are also delicious in a tomato salad with feta and basil. It sounds odd, but it is oddly delicious.