Watermelon has always been a favorite summer treat to many. I can remember the rush of the watermelon fruit baskets, spitting watermelon seeds and the delicious melon on hot summer days. Watermelon not only fills you up but quenches your thirst as well. You will find them at parties, picnics, and enjoyed in many backyards. My dad would often bring watermelon up to my children to enjoy on a hot summer day. It was their way of bonding and while my dad is gone my children still share many memories of their grandpa and watermelon.
To grow the large oval watermelon requires a lot of space and a long growing season. Most home gardeners do not have either and prefer the smaller "baby" melon to grow. The smaller melon requires a 1/3 of the space of the larger versions. There are others that take growing watermelon serious business and compete in "weigh-offs" to see whose melon is bigger. Giant watermelons can grow up to 200 lbs.