I want to try this next year. I want to try it in a raised bed that is only 42 square feet and 20" tall. The same bed grew 13 pumpkins off three plants this year; it wanted to grow 21 but started aborting them when the endeavor proved too much for it.
I've been studying the [url=https://www.marthastewart.com/plant/citrullus-lanatus-carolina-cross-no-183]Carolina Cross[/url] watermelon, and I think I can do this if I train and prune the vines; if I start the seeds indoors, probably in April; if I warm the soil with black plastic mulch; if I seriously compost the soil this fall, once the pumpkins are out of there; and if the weather cooperates. (Odds are against us having another miserable June, right?)
Has anyone grown this watermelon before? I'm not looking for a hundred-pounder, but a forty- or fifty-pounder would be nice Given the above conditions, is this do-able? I'm not talking probable--I know it's a gamble--just possible.
Tips would be appreciated, too!