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My watermelon seeds recommend mounded sandy soil. Can I take it from a nearby creek?

 
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Hi everyone!

I ordered some sugar baby watermelon seeds and they're saying that sandy, well-drained soil is good for them.

There's a creek bed a few lots down that mostly flows though woodland, with bits of pasture and some housing developments. It was dredged about 4 years ago to put in a culvert and in the meantime has had a lot of sandy soil wash in. Would there be any drawbacks to just scooping a wheelbarrow load or two and just bringing it to my yard? The vegetation that's been growing it in looks healthy. The native dirt is mostly heavy clay, with small amounts of compost added in some places. I'm in the process of mulching the whole yard to build soil...just trying to make sure I don't screw anything up with this experiment.
 
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I have done this in my Georgia clay soil. A wheelbarrow load of sand from the river behind the house, mixed in with 1/3 compost or aged cow manure with 3 watermelons planted on top.
We get very wet some years and contrary to what you read, watermelons don't like a lot of water. I never water my watermelons when most of my other vegetables require watering when no rain is available.

 
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Ralph Sluder wrote:I have done this in my Georgia clay soil. A wheelbarrow load of sand from the river behind the house, mixed in with 1/3 compost or aged cow manure with 3 watermelons planted on top.
We get very wet some years and contrary to what you read, watermelons don't like a lot of water. I never water my watermelons when most of my other vegetables require watering when no rain is available.



Awesome, good to hear! I'm assuming this resulted in pretty good quality watermelons? I sort of impulse bought the seeds...and my attempts to do watermelons in previous years never quite worked out since I never bothered to plant them in properly drained soil. Usually just a mound of manure compost and not much else. I mean they grew, but not particularly well.
 
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Mine generally do very well unless severe floods happen. "they do happen in my low area".
Sugar babies are very sweet refrigerator sized melons too.  I think you will be happy with them.
try to keep your mound fertile, use worm casting, manure, whatever you have as they like to be fed.
 
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