Ah, watermelons. Everybody loves a good watermelon, am I right?! They are a big favorite here in our home. I was really excited to try to grow them this spring. And though it didn’t go as great as I had hoped, I was able to harvest ONE watermelon! We grew sugar baby watermelons this year, and I used a trellis to support them. I’m happy to report that the trellis worked really well. I was very happy with it. And I was really happy with this watermelon variety as well. There were new baby watermelons popping up out of the vines all the time!
So why only one watermelon??? Well, soon after these little baby watermelons popped up, they turned black and withered up. I suspect it was from too much rain. During this time we were getting rain daily, and usually a fair amount. If too much rain was the culprit then it’s safe to say that the one watermelon I was able to harvest would have been a goner without that trellis.
The one watermelon we got was good! It wasn’t as good as it would have been if I had been able to leave it to ripen a bit longer, but that’s ok. We loved it anyway. When we cut it open, I was sure to save out the seeds. These are the first official Chickadee Homestead cultivated seeds! Pretty cool. Now, truthfully we should have allowed the watermelon to become fully ripe before harvesting the seeds. So these seeds may be duds, but that’s not stopping me from trying!
Saving watermelon seeds is pretty darn simple.
- Harvest your fully ripe watermelon. Allow to sit for a few days in a cool dark spot, until the skin toughens up a bit.
- Cut open and gather your seeds.
- Rinse the watermelon seeds in cool clean water, removing any remaining watermelon from the seeds.
- Allow the seeds to dry on a screen or paper, in a dry, cool, relatively dark place for a few days up to a week.
- Label a packet and save your very own watermelon seeds in a cool dark place until next season!
Easy, right? And just because I love y’all so much, I’m sharing this little seed packet printable with you. Just print it out, cut, glue, and voilà! A handy seed packet for all those awesome seeds I know you’re saving!
Happy seed saving my friends!
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