Companions for Watermelon?

Sheila_GeorgiaPeach(Lincolnton GA)May 17, 2003

I am planting a couple of Sugar Babies watermelons and a couple of Jubilee watermelons this year and would like to plant some companion plants with them. The Sugar Babies I am planning to run their vine up the garden fence, and the Jubilee won't be on the fence. I am new to growing watermelons, and am inter-planting and companion planting this year to repel nasty insects. These are the other plants I am planting: Pole Beans, Tomatoes, Squash, Lettuce, Broccoli, Bell pepper, Chives Garlic, Onions, Basil, Dill, Carrots,Spearmint, Cabbage, Sunflowers, Sea Pinks, Maiden Pinks,Verbenas, Marigold, Achilles, Snapdragons, Moss Roses.I pretty well know what companions to plant with most of my other vegetables, but I can hardly find any information on companion plants for watermelons. I would appreciate the benefit of anyone else's experience.

Thank you,

Sheila

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apouliot(z6 TN)

Indians planted watermelon like squash between hills of corn. Some people planted them in between four hills in groups of 1, 4 or 6 seeds. Some planted them in the same hill as the corn, as follows - corn in the center, beans in middle and squash/watermelon at bottom.

I have grown watermelon in between hills of corn many times and have had great success.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2003 at 4:11PM
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Sheila_GeorgiaPeach(Lincolnton GA)

I am planting squash and beans, but not corn. Do you think that sunflowers would be OK to plant between watermelons instead of corn? They grow tall like corn.
Sheila

    Bookmark   May 23, 2003 at 12:17PM
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captaincompostal(z7 AL Bham)

Yes.

Corn, beans, peas, sunflowers, white potatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins are all good companions from the classic "3 sisters" technique from the Native Americans: Corn, bean, and squash families.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2003 at 3:27PM
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calli1061

Thanks for the information - I was excited to plant my blacktail mountain watermelons in between my skyscraper sunflowers. It seems like the perfect spot, except my sunflowers are in a 3 ft. wide by 10 foot long bed against a wire fence...
1. Watermelon vines would not be able to grow in all directions - the fence would inhibit that. I have read that they need to grow in all directions. Is it possible to re-route them manually as they grow?
2. The vines would kill some of the turf that runs next to the bed, and having to lift them up to mow would be next to impossible. Maybe I could just ignore this factor because this is the one that is really stumping me. I don't care much about the turf or mowing, for that matter. :)
3. Isn't there insect life in the grass that isn't necessarily in the exposed soil (or on top) that would destroy the vines and the fruit? Is it okay to grow melons on a lawn? Couldn't find an answer to this anywhere.

Thanks for any thoughts, ideas, comments...

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 3:37PM
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cabrita(9b SoCal)

Too late in the season to plant watermelons but there is always next year. I was looking for a companion plant for Okra and watermelons were suggested. I planted watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydew with my okra. The melons did OK, they were the miniature type, they were sweet and tasty even though a bit small. My soil was not optimum, and I enjoyed them. The okra did great! I am still harvesting now (mid november).

    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 6:41PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

When I was traveling through China , I saw miles and miles of Squash vines planted with sunflowers. If that is any consolation to you . How did your watermelon and sunflowers work out . I see that the date is years ago now.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 7:25PM
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noblefishing

Other than Sunflowers and Okra what can we plant?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 6:22PM
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Kelly987

Last season I trained my watermelons on a trellis. I used the netted bags from onions and freezer pops to make little hammocks for the watermelons so they wouldn't pull themselves off the vine when they became too heavy. I did lose quite a few blossoms during a bad wind storm, so didn't yield as much fruit as I could have. I'm going to try them on a trellis again this year, just in a spot in my yard that is more protected from the wind.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 11:57PM
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Jon.69367(6)

I've read that marigolds are a good companion for watermelon, as well as corn & sunflowers, zucchini and potatoes. I have NOT tested this though.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 12:26PM
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