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Q.What type of soil for growing watermelons?

Zone Marion,Louisiana 71260 | Anonymous added on April 29, 2020 | Answered

I would like to know what month would be best to set out young watermelon plants? What type of soil is best for planting? Type of fertilizer to use? Does it require a lot of sunlight to grow? What I can do to protect the melons from rodents birds or wild animals? Would some type of netting or some type of fence be used to protect the crop of melons? I live in North Louisiana. I like your website it is very helpful. Thank you,& have a good day. Mickey Reeves

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Answered on May 1, 2020

Watermelons need full sun, a lot of water and a lot of room. Plant when the soil temperature at 4 inches is between 60 and 65 degrees F (15.6 to 18.3 C.) Provide compost rich soil when you plant and apply fertilizer according to the article below.

You can build a fence around your garden to keep out the rodents and wild animals. Build the fence 3 feet high with an additional 6 inches underground.

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