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Planning your next garden project? How about square watermelons?Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 11:46 AM
A square what? Yup, watermelon.
It could catch on here but you can bet it will not be at bargain basement prices. It actually takes some effort to push that watermelon into a cube. Prices in Japan can be up to $99 each!
Well..... maybe they don't push it into its' shape. They grow it into shape. Here is a project for the next few cold months. http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-a-s...
Watermelons take a lot of room to grow, so if you are a market gardener and want to get the best dollar for your watermelon acreage, would this help? I would bet square watermelons would sell out quickly at the farmer's market and should command a much better price. Double, triple or more?
Keep in mind that the watermelon you choose to try this with needs to be one that produces a melon only slightly larger than your shaping container. AND IT IS NOT A SPECIAL SEED, so don't get hooked by someone selling square watermelon seeds!
Read several articles on growing these and you will pick up some extra tidbits that will help.
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