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  • Best Soil for Growing Watermelons?

    Created by Matthew on

    Do you have or can you recommend what is the best soil for watermelons? I was told they grow best in Sandy soil, but I never seen sandy soil. Do you sell sandy soil, or can you show me what sandy soil looks like?



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    E. Vinje

    Watermelons can grow in many kinds of soil, but prefer a light, sandy, fertile loam that is well-drained. Add generous amounts of manure, compost and leaves to your garden and work the soil well prior to planting. Watermelons like lots of water. Keep the soil moist at all times. Here’s our page on growing watermelons:




    Thanks for the feed back…

    If you were creating your soil from scratch to grow water melon where would you purchase your soil from?
    Also when you say manure, can I use worm casting instead?



    E. Vinje

    Matt/Indy –

    Most plants thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic, soils that are rich in organic matter. The challenge, however, is that most of the world’s soils do not exist this way and they must be balanced, or amended, to provide the conditions necessary for robust plant growth.

    Always start with a soil test, amend accordingly and add plenty of organic matter in the form of compost (no sludge/ biosolids) or well aged animal manure. Yes, worm castings work well here too! Here’s a couple of links that should help you get off to a good start:

    Springtime Soil Testing

    Fall Soil Preparation

    Starting A Garden

    Is Your Compost Made of Sewage Sludge?

    Preparing Garden Soil

    Hope this helps!

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