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by Kurlie77 on May 25, 2005 12:27 AM
I have a watermelon plant to put in the ground and I would also like to grow a couple pumpkin plants. What kind of garden bed should I dig up for them? How big should it be if I had 2 watermelon plants and 2 pumpkins?
by weezie13 on May 25, 2005 04:59 AM
Kurlie,

Lot's of roooooooooooom!!!
They can stretch prettttttttttty far...
One plants' stem can reach out 10 feet.......

I haven't grown watermelon,
I did plant a couple of seeds this year myself...
but they're pretty long tooo!!!

I do know you you can snip some parts of the ends of the stem, and control the amounts of flowers,
and can get a bigger pumpkin that way too!!

I've never done it, but maybe someone can offer
some other insite to growing them for you!!!

Weezie

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by Longy on May 25, 2005 11:32 AM
Hey Kirly. I grow pumpkin and watermelon every year. It depends which type you're growing as to how big it gets. A radius of anywhere from 6 foot to 20 foot. The soil needs to be welldrained, full of organic matter, esp compost and/or well rotted manures and mulched to maintain constant soil moisture. Once they get growing they're pretty bulletproof. If you pinch out the main growth tips it will encourage more lateral growth and this in turn will encourage more female flowers. It's not that hard to re-route a tendril which is going the wrong way but they can be a bit brittle so be carefull. Some members of the cucurbit family can cross pollinate so best not to have two different varieties intermingled. A bed of 10 foot square will accomodate most pumpkin and watermelon. If you have one for the pumpkin with 2 or 3 plants in it and same for the melon you'll be fine. Plant 3 seeds in each clump and thin out to the strongest one once they get going. When the vine is finished, it's a great additive for a compost bin. Really gets the heat into it. Run over the vine with a lawnmower to make it easier to compost. Hope this answers your questions.
by njoynit on May 27, 2005 07:54 PM
I also have some growing along a fence being used as a trellis with beans/peas/cukes.2 pumkin vines grow up fence then back down to ground.the 1st flowers you get are male,then come your females.I also have a vine curveing through my corn to shade the roots.
I just said yesterday I wished.I'd thought to grow one in a stright line down fence row.......I' musta been nutz huh.it was hot out.

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