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How to Plant Watermelons

Few things quench heat better than watermelon. By learning the art of growing watermelons, you can have melon juice or fruit anytime you like. Preparing the Seeds Keep the seeds inside for three weeks prior to planting in the garden. It’s a good idea to plant two or three seeds in the pots. Sometimes the seed won’t germinate, so planting a few is necessary. While they’re in the house, keep the temperature between 80 to 85 F. Apply starter fertilizers above the soil. Water the pots regularly. When the soil is warm, take them outside. Planting These need to be planted in hills or alternatively, rows. Just shape the soil like a small mound to make a hill (at least 2 inches high). When growing watermelons, you need to insert the seed an inch deep in the hill. Seed space should be at least 6 ft. The spacing is also applicable for seedlings. Layer some starter fertilizer on the seeds. It doesn’t have to be very thick. What matters is that it’s uniformly set. Seeded types are also...

How to Plant a Pineapple Stem

Thinking of how to get a juicy pineapple grown in your very own home? Well, it all starts with knowing how to plant a pineapple stem that you can get from a store-bought fruit. Yes, learning how to plant a pineapple stem doesn’t even need to be costly. In fact, if you want to learn how to plant a pineapple stem, you first need to buy a ripe pineapple from the grocery store. And that wouldn’t cost too much since you shouldn’t need to buy a whole bunch. Just one fresh pineapple would do. Now, be sure that you have a ripe fruit and not an overripe one. In learning how to plant a pineapple stem, ripeness is essential. To know how ripe your pineapple, check if the leaves can be easily pulled out or not. If it does, don’t purchase it since it would be too ripe for you to grow in your home garden. After purchasing your pineapple, cut off the leafy top part without leaving any traces of fruit on its bottom part. This would help your pineapple top to root in a proper manner. Another...

How to Plant Grape Vines

Grape vines either serve as a natural barrier or a source of fruit. They are hardy and you have a wide variety of options to plant. Our concise guide details the things you need to plant grape vines. Need Items You will need the following items to plant grape vines. The very first thing you should consider is looking for a sunny area where to put them. You’ll also need a framework or even a trellis. You should also look for well drained soil and purchase pruning shears. How to Plant Grape Vines You should pick a spot for your grape vines depending on how you want to grow them. If you really want them to bear fruit a good idea would be to plant them where they can get the most sunlight. They will grow a lot of fruit where it is sunny. If they are grown in shaded areas you should expect them not to yield any fruit. Then they will only serve as a natural barrier. If that would be their main function, instead of getting edible fruit, then place them in the shade since they will grow just...

How to Plant Cucumbers

Turned into pickles or eaten as it is, planting cucumbers can be done by even novice gardeners. One simply needs to spend time caring for them and making the right preparations. Choosing the Site First consideration is sunlight, as the fruit needs plenty of it. The climate needs to be warm, but not too dry. Allow a few weeks to pass after the last frost to avoid problems. A large garden is necessary as these fruits grow fast. If the area is small, using trellis is recommended to help manage them. Readying the Soil The ideal soil setup is loose and sandy. However other soil types will do provided the drainage is good. If you’re planting cucumbers, take out the stones, sticks and other objects from the soil. Don’t take out the dead grass and small weeds; they’ll provide nutrients for the soil. When it’s ready, dig a hole 7 inches to a foot deep. Fertilizing A cup of 10-10-10 or 10-20-10 fertilizer must be applied for every 10 ft row. Set the fertilizer in place until the ground...

How to Plant Grapes

There’s more to planting grapes than just digging the soil and watering. You need to determine the variant that is suitable for your location. Consult the County Extension service to know the most apt types you can grow. Sunlight Needed The ideal place to grow them is on a north to south axis. This orientation allows the vines to receive maximum sunlight. A majority of the variants have growing seasons of 180 days. Other types have longer seasons, and some much shorter. Soil Requirements The soil must be loamy. It must have very good drainage. The pH level needs to be between 5 and 5.5. When planting grapes, avoid using soil that is too sandy. Keeping the moisture in is critical. But don’t let the soil hold in too much water. Excessive draining should be avoided too. Get rid of the weeds with some mulch or pine needles. Note: you can eliminate the need for more fertilizers by adding a sod walkway. Place this in between the rows. By fertilizing the grass, the vines will also receive...