Planting watermelon in a backyard garden is rewarding and fun. Planting watermelon with children is rewarding, fun, and a great way to introduce the idea of gardening and growing food. This heat-loving annual can be grown in all parts of the country, but higher temperatures and longer growing seasons are more favorable.
Designate a section of garden or yard for the watermelon patch, keeping in mind that a watermelon vines does require space. Give your children some watermelon seeds, a few simple planting instructions, and a little bit of freedom to plant the patch. Then stand back and let mother nature and your children get to work.
My son Stephen planted watermelon seeds on a Tuesday. On the following Wednesday,seedlings were poking out of the soil. The planting cycle for watermelon is fast. This helps keep children engaged in the grow processes; they see changes quickly and constantly. Every time they visit the garden the plants look different: just soil, then seedlings, vines, buds, flowers, and finally fruit. Children can have a return on their investment in 90 days.
While tending their watermelon patch, your children will discover many interesting visitors: caterpillars, grasshoppers, worms, crickets, birds, snakes, and toads. They are sure to feel connected with nature.
Harvesting the watermelon is an exciting event. Together we decide when it’s time to pick a watermelon. Stephen and Aurora cut the fruit from the vine. With pride and a sense of ownership, they carefully carry the watermelon into the house.