How to Grow Watermelon

Watermelon grows best in sunny garden spots with well-draining sandy soil. They need plenty of nutrients throughout the growing season to feed the long vines, and like soil that is consistently moist. Plants need to be checked frequently for pests and disease problems.

How to Grow and Care for Cucumbers

It’s easy to grow any of the three types of cucumbers — slicing, pickling, and burpless — in your home garden. If you’re limited on space opt to grow bush types or install a trellis to grow plants vertically. They can even be grown in containers. You can expect to harvest 50 to 70 days after planting.

10 of the Best Companion Plants for Cucumbers

The right companion plants can increase the growth and yield of your cucumber plants, and decrease pest and disease problems. Tomatoes, beans, corn, cabbage, and sunflowers offer shade in the summer. Nasturtium, marigolds, radish repel harmful insects. They also grow well with summer squash and lettuce.

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Cucumbers Types — 15 Popular Cultivars

With many different varieties to choose from, cucumbers are grouped into three main types. Slicing cultivars include Straight Eight, Marketmore, Lemon, and Space Master. Pickling cultivars include Parisian Gherkin, Garden Bush Pickle, Picklebush, and Pick a Bushel. Burpless cultivars include Suyo Long, Summer Dance, and Early Spring, to name a few.

Harvested cucumbers sitting in a wooden bowl

Cucumber Growing Stages

Cucumbers go through several stages before they are ready to harvest — germination, seedling growth, flowering, and then fruiting. Plants grow as vines or a bush, depending upon the variety grown. Most types are ready to harvest 50 to 70 days after germination.

Gourds still attached to and growing from the vine

How to Plant Pumpkin Seeds: A Growing Guide

Nothing screams fall like pumpkins growing from the vine. They not only add a wonderful color, but they also can be made into different pies. If you are wondering how to grow your very own, we will show you in this article!

Growing plump squash is not difficult with the proper growing technique

Squash Plant: Grow Your Own

Growing squash from the cucurbita family is not difficult! With the proper growing tips you will soon have an abundant harvest. Come learn our practical tricks to ensure success with your plants.

green fruit are ready for harvest with a blossom

Zucchini: From Seed to Harvest

Zucchini is a green summer squash that you won’t want to miss out on raising and harvesting. You can even use their blossoms as delicious fried appetizers. Come learn everything you need to successfully raise them.

Watermelon fertilizer

The 5 Best Fertilizers for Watermelon

Watermelon is a flowering plant that is part of the Cucurbitaceae family, but most people know it as the sweet, refreshing melon with red flesh. For optimal growth, you will need the ideal nutrients.

Watermelon grow best when around companion plants

5 of the Best Companion Plants for Watermelon

Companion plants are important in gardens. To help ward off insect pests, plant onions, garlic, or chives near your watermelon plants. Aromatic flowers like lavender and marigolds also drive away pests. Flowering ornamentals will attract pollinators, dramatically improving pollination rates.

A plump watermelon with water drops on its skin

Watermelon Growing Stages (The 5 Stages)

Watermelon plants grow in very distinct stages in the garden, each with unique characteristics and needs. Seeds germinate within about a week of planting, and sprouts push through the soil surface. Vegetative growth occurs to develop a main vine with several small vines sprouting from it. Male and female flowers appear on the vines, and then, if fertilized fruits develop. The whole process takes about three months.