Can I thin out my garden

BobbyBucheaJuly 16, 2013

I'm curious what I need to do or if it's possible to thin out my garden by moving 3 rooted and vining watermelon plants and possibly some cantaloupe plants. It is the first year for my step son and me to have a garden because I'm a newly wed. After planting, I have come to realize that we need more room for the plants to grow. I was also told that due to the watermelon being beside the cucumbers; it is possible for them to end up tasting similar to cucumbers. Any help and/or information is greatly appreciated. We started with a spot the size of the cab of a truck, I've now tilled up approximately a 60 by 60 square. I'm about to till another 30 foot section for pumpkins and a small section for dill weed. I'll post pictures when I can.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

No, you can't move vining cucurbits. It will kill them. If you have too many, you can remove some. What you can also do is plant seeds of news ones in your additional plot. In your zone, this could be possible.

There is no way your watermelon will end up tasting like cucumbers.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

So as long as I keep them watered well and add some fertilizer they should all be fine? I've spread out the rest into well defined rows where I've planted mustard greens and spinach.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have expanded from the little green patch on the left to this tilled and planted spot. I'm hoping to till and plant pumpkins behind what is currently tilled.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My own belief is that, within reason, yield depends more on square footage than numbers of plants. So each plant will bear fewer fruits and they'll likely be smaller, but the area will produce about the same quantity of fruit.

I can't tell how many plants you have out there. There's a point where all the plants will be stunted if too crowded. If you're worried, best thing would be to cut some of the plants out at the stem. Don't pull them, if the roots are entangled, it'll hurt the plants you're keeping.

And be advised that pumpkins take a LOT more room than melons.

The vegetable forum, btw, has a lot more people who can chime in on this question.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 2:53PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
My Spupreme plum turns into Alderman!
At Plant Hill Nursery! They don't have a email address,...
Restoring old and neglected apricot trees. Help!
We moved into a new home in the middle of last summer...
KNNN espalier planting
Hi - I just planted some 1 year bare root apple trees....
Jamie Cartwright
Wisconsin honeyberry/haskap growers?
I'm combining the two as it seems with continued breeding...
Blue Berries-acid soil and other vegetable plants
I have been growing blue berry plants intermixed with...
Sponsored Products
Campania International Rustic Antique Buddha Garden Statue - OR-135-AL
$89.99 | Hayneedle
Jewel Garden Stake Set
$39.99 | zulily
Source Outdoor King Collection All Weather Wicker Outdoor Daybed with Ottoman Mu
Carson 44 in. Sonnet Wind Chimes - God Has You - 60259
$54.99 | Hayneedle
Marathon Industries Pink Poly Wheelbarrow - 1350-2570
$86.98 | Hayneedle
Green & Beige Rosie Indoor/Outdoor Rug
$24.99 | zulily
MURO Full Size Mirror by Blomus
$211.49 | Lumens
Orange Sulphur Butterfly Meadow Cup & Saucer
$13.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™