Watermelon, Black Diamond

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Geography/History:
Perfect for those hot Texas summers.  Especially, in rich sandy soil.  Hempstead, Texas and the surrounding area is famous for Texas size watermelons.  This is one of the best heirloom watermelon seed varieties for Texas.

Nutritional Value:
From a nutritional standpoint the leaves are the most important part. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E, B6 and K folate, chlorophyll and some important phytochemicals (including isothiocyanates). They are also an excellent source of the minerals calcium, copper and manganese. In addition, turnip greens are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
The roots contain vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, soluble fiber, lysine and tryptophan.

Sun:                              Full
Spacing:                      36″ – 60″
Height:                        8′′ – 10′′
Optimum Soil pH:    6 to 7
Days To Maturity:    85 -95
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:
In warmer climates, can be direct sown 1” deep once soil is above 75.  For cooler climates, start seedlings 2-3 weeks before last frost and place in final spacing of 3-4ft. on 6 ft. rows.  Loose, fertile soil in full sun will ensure a good crop.  For sweeter melons, reduce watering in the last month before harvest.

If direct seeding, don’t plant seed till the soil temperature is 70 degrees or more.  Watermelons are originally from Africa and need heat to grow well.

For Best Eating:  Water until the fruits are about the size of a tennis ball then only water if the plant totally dry.  The best tasting organic melons are concentrated in flavor because they are not over-watered.

 

 

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