Hello again. I tried planting watermelons (sweet baby) twice without realizing it wasn't warm enough... hence, they rotted away.
The last time, I'm now realizing I went way overboard by planting 4-5 seeds in the ends of each of my 8'X1' boxes. Well, needless to say, they've all come up quite nicely.
The problem I have now, is that I've got 4-5 watermelon plants all within about a square foot, in the ends of my boxes.
I've since read all about starting them from seeds, and now know that the plants should be 5-7' apart. I've also read that they don't like to be transplanted. But that leaves me not knowing what to do with them. Will so many that close together keep them from producing fruit? Will they be okay as long as I route them each with their own path to grow as long as I keep them watered and occasionally fed? Please help! I would thin them out if I knew I wouldn't kill them all by disturbing their roots.
Here are a few pictures (My apologies for the blurry images):